Foreword from the Minister

I welcome the publication of the first Statement of Strategy for the new Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

This Statement sets out an ambitious work programme that will be delivered by the Department over the coming 3 years. This has been agreed with the Secretary General of the Department. The environment in which the Department is operating has never been more challenging. This Statement is intended to show how the Department will contribute to the Government’s overriding goals of regaining our economic sovereignty, supporting economic growth and promoting employment. Critically it sets out specific outputs against which our success in meeting our goals should be measured. The high level goals, strategies and outputs in this Statement will now be reflected in the work plans of the staff of the Department; each will know how their work contributes to the achievement of the Department’s overall mission.

I already know how committed staff and management of the Department are to delivery and how open they are to change. I look forward to working with them over the coming years as they tackle the challenges agenda set out in this Statement.


Brendan Howlin, T.D., Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

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