Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 – Designated Public Officials in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform


  • Paschal Donohoe, T.D., Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Patrick O’Donovan, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Open Government, eGovernment and Public Procurement
  • Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the OPW and Flood Relief
  • Michael D’Arcy T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance


  • Ed Brophy – Special Adviser to the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Deborah Sweeney – Special Adviser to the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Niamh Callaghan – Special Adviser to the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform

Secretary General

  • Robert Watt

Assistant Secretaries, Directors and Equivalent Grades

  • William Beausang, Assistant Secretary

Head of Central Expenditure Policy and Reporting Division with responsibility for overall public expenditure policy, including the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the annual Estimates process; public expenditure reform initiatives such as performance budgeting; aggregate capital investment policy, including PPPs; public service numbers policy; and the management of various votes including the Justice and Equality Vote Group and Education and Skills.

  • David Moloney, Assistant Secretary

Responsible for Labour Market & Enterprise Policy Division, which manages various votes including Social Protection, Health, Children & Youth Affairs, Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Transport, Tourism & Sport and Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, the Office of Public Works, Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Foreign Affairs, the Oireachtas and Central Vote Groups. It also has responsibility for the IGEES CEEU unit.

  • Patricia Coleman, Director

Responsible for Expenditure Management, EU policy and Audit Division,; which manages various Votes including Housing, Planning and Local Government; Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources and Defence as well as the climate change expenditure evaluation unit. It is also responsible for issues relating to the EU and Northern Ireland such as EU Structural Funds and North/South Programme policy. This Division is also responsible for the ERDF Audit Authority and Internal Audit Unit. The Internal Audit Unit provides a shared internal audit service to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Finance.

  • Colin Menton, Assistant Secretary

Responsible for Remuneration, Industrial Relations and Pensions Division, which deals with public service pay and pension policy development and application, and industrial relations issues across all sectors of the public service (civil service, education, health, local authorities, defence, justice (Garda Siochána, Prisons), non-commercial State agencies), and related matters including the pay and pensions of Officeholders, and the operation of the Conciliation & Arbitration (C & A) Schemes and of Vote 12 Superannuation and Retired Allowances. In addition the section deals with pensions terms applying in commercial State bodies where significant matters of policy are involved; atypical pension terms (e.g. professional added years; cost neutral early retirement), employment conditions for EU officials; Board fees; Travel and Subsistence policy; and certain financial supports for the Houses of the Oireachtas.

  • Lucy Fallon-Byrne, Assistant Secretary

Responsible for the Reform and Delivery Office. The Reform and Delivery Office is responsible for driving, co-ordinating and supporting the Government’s programme of Public Service Reform, as set out in the Public Service Reform Plan 2014-16. The RDO also leads on the implementation of the Civil Service Renewal Plan and on alternative models of service delivery, including external service delivery. The RDO plays a lead role in communications on the reform programme and supporting a range of reform governance structures such as the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy and Public Service Reform, the Civil Service Management Board and other groups and networks.  The RDO is also responsible for the delivery of Government Reform including legislative reforms and other initiatives (e.g. Open Data, the Open Government Partnership Initiative, corporate governance and accountability, State Boards Appointments) as well as policy responsibility in a number of areas (e.g. Lobbying, Oireachtas Inquiries, Freedom of Information, Protected Disclosures).

  • David Cagney, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Civil Service

Responsible for the Human Resources Directorate to provide a world class service to the State and to the people of Ireland requires that all Civil Servants are supported to fulfil their potential, operate at the highest level of performance and achieve their objectives. Key to achieving this is a range of actions designed to increase capacity and capability, including in the area of Human Resources (HR). The Human Resource Division is leading the transformation and modernisation of the HR function across the Civil Service. The Division aims to energetically promote the values of the Civil Service and establish a positive working environment for all employees that supports diversity and encourages innovation and continued improvement.

  • Ronnie Downes, Assistant Secretary

Responsible for Expenditure Policy and Reporting Division (including Education and Justice Vote Groups) is responsible for central public expenditure policy. This includes preparation of the Mid-Year Expenditure Report and the annual Estimates as well as the development of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, Performance Budgeting and aggregate public service numbers policy. The Division is also responsible for the national framework for public capital investment, national policy for Public Private Partnerships and expenditure management for the Education and Justice Vote Groups. The Government Accounting Unit and Corporate Bodies Unit are located within the Central Expenditure Policy Division.

  • Barry Lowry, Chief Information Officer, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer

Responsible for the Office of the Chief Information Officer developing and implementing an ICT Strategy for Government that ensures an integrated approach to the exploitation of ICT across all Departments and Public Service Bodies, accelerating the delivery of digital services across Ireland and a transformation in the use of the Government’s information assets.

  • Tom O’Connell, Chief Medical Officer

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer provides an efficient and cost effective occupational health service to civil servants, prison officers, state industrial workers, defence industrial workers, Public Appointments Service as well as to various non-commercial semi-state bodies. This encompasses pre-employment medicals, workplace rehabilitation of sick employees and ill health retirement, as well as ongoing workplace health issues. It also includes statutory health screening (e.g. audiogram hearing checks), statutory vaccinations (e.g. hepatitis B) and health promotion screening (e.g.cholesterol / diabetes checks). Policy advice is provided by the CMO on all work and health issues to Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, civil & public service personnel officers, Chief State Solicitors Office, State Claims Agency and other areas of public sector as required.

  • Paul Quinn, Government Chief Procurement Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Government Procurement (OGP)

Responsible for the Office of Government Procurement establishing new structures for procurement across the State and bringing increased levels of collaboration and consistency to public service procurement.  See for more information.

  • David O’Sullivan is the Director of Sourcing in the Office of Government Procurement

Responsible for developing and implementing commercial arrangements (Frameworks and Contracts) to support public bodies in their procurement needs.

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Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 – Working Groups operating in line with the requirements of the Transparency Code

The purpose of the Transparency Code is to ensure that Designated Public Officials understand how the system works and how they can support the effective implementation of the legislation. While Designated Public Officials are not the focus of the rules regarding the registration and reporting of lobbying, any relevant communication with a Designated Public Official must be reported by the lobbyists in accordance with the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2105 does not seek to capture and register interactions within groups, such as task forces and working groups as lobbying communications, where appropriate transparency arrangements are in place. The Transparency Code outlines the groups to which these arrangements apply, and the transparency arrangements themselves. The Transparency Code is available here.