The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin T.D., today (26 May 2015) published a proposed Corporate Governance Standard for Government Departments.  This Standard will now be the subject of a public consultation process.  Establishing a common governance standard for the Civil Service is one of the key actions of the Civil Service Renewal Plan (2014).

Speaking at the publication, Minister Howlin said:

I am very pleased to today publish the proposed Governance Standard for Government Departments.  For the first time ever, this will codify the principles of corporate governance in Government Departments.  In doing so, it will require Departments to publish how they do their work.”

The Minister further noted that:

“This is a very important step in strengthening corporate governance in the Civil Service.  Good governance is central to the effective operation of a Department, and is vitally important in the effective discharge of their obligations.  This Standard will ensure that Departments put in place the relevant structures, processes, and polices to deliver on these obligations.  Importantly, it will allow for a comprehensive and objective assessment to be made of management of Departments, and the performance of individual Departments. Putting in place this Standard will further instil a culture of greater openness and accountability in Departments.  In addition, it will assist in achieving the vision of a unified and professional Civil Service as outlined in the Civil Service Renewal Plan. Opening up this process to public consultation will ensure that the final Standard takes account of the widest range of inputs and ideas.  It will, I am sure, lead to a more comprehensive and effective set of arrangements.”

 

ENDS Notes for Editors

  • The Civil Service Renewal Plan (2014) contains a commitment to strengthen corporate governance in the Civil Service in line with international best practice.  This is to be achieved by the introduction of a common governance standard for all Government Departments.
  • The Civil Service Management Board (CSMB), which is comprised of the Secretaries General of all Government Departments and major Offices, has collective responsibility for driving the implementation of the Civil Service Renewal Plan.  The draft Corporate Governance Standard has been developed under their auspices.
  • A four week public consultation process will now be initiated on the draft Standard.  The outcome of this process will be considered by the CSMB. To view the draft, please click here.
  • Anyone wishing to submit their views on the draft ‘Corporate Governance Standard for Central Government Departments’ may do so by forwarding them to governance@per.gov.ie All submissions should be received by no later than 26 June 2015.
  • Copies of the draft ‘Corporate Governance Standard for Central Government Departments’ referred to above can be obtained by contacting the Government Reform Unit, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 7-9 Merrion Row, Dublin 2 or telephone 01 6045130.
  • All submissions will be considered by the Civil Service Management Board which has collective responsibility for driving the implementation of the Civil Service Renewal Plan. The outcome of the public consultation process will be fed into a revised Corporate Governance Standard.
  • It should be noted that submissions received and reports of any meetings undertaken with any parties in response to this request may be published on the Department’s website and will be subject to Freedom of Information legislation.