Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform

I welcome the publication of my Department’s Annual Progress Report for 2015. It sets out my Department’s main achievements and developments during the year to advance the high level objectives set out in its Statement of Strategy for 2015-2017.  These objective were to put Ireland’s public expenditure on a more sustainable footing and to support the continued delivery and improvement of public services.  My Department worked closely with other Departments to ensure its objectives were advanced and its reform activities helped to achieve better value for money from public expenditure, improve services to the citizen and generally increase public confidence in our Government structures.

In support of this strategy, in 2015 my Department’s key achievements were:

  • The management of the estimates process resulting in Government agreement to total expenditure in 2016 which was sustainable and in line with Government priorities, and the management of Voted expenditure within approved ceilings.
  • The successful negotiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement with the great majority of public servants.
  • The implementation by the Office of Government Procurement of the Procurement Reform Programme, bringing increased levels of collaboration and consistency to public service procurement, delivering procurement savings of an estimated €165 million.
  • The considerable progress made in the implementation of the Civil Service Renewal Plan, with 23 of its 25 actions initiated within the plan’s first 200 days.
  • The continuation by the National Shared Services Office of the successful transition of client departments and public service bodies to the two Civil Service shared service centres; PeoplePoint and the Payroll Shared Services Centre. Progress was also made on the Financial Management Shared Services project towards the procurement of a single financial management system for over 45 public service bodies.
  • My Department also supported Departments in progressing the comprehensive Public Service Reform Plan.

I have been impressed with the calibre and commitment of the Department’s staff and with the determination and energy with which they have pursued the Department’s mission. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their work in 2015 and for their delivery of the impressive achievements detailed in this report.


Paschal Donohoe T.D.

Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform

To view the English version of the Report, please click here.

To view the Irish version of the Report, please click here.