The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, T.D., today published the first Annual Progress Report on the implementation of the Government’s Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2016. The report can be viewed at the following link: http://reformplan.per.gov.ie/
In January 2014, the Government published its second Public Service Reform Plan, covering the period 2014 to 2016. This built on the strong progress made on the first Public Service Reform Plan, published in November 2011. The new Plan placed a particular emphasis on improved service delivery, as well as maintaining the necessary focus on increased efficiency.
Just over a year on from the publication of the Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2016, and as part of a specific commitment in the Plan, Minister Howlin today published the first Progress Report on its implementation.
The Plan contains more than 230 actions and this Report provides an overview of the progress made across the 13 cross-cutting areas set out in the Reform Plan. It also provides examples of progress and good practice from across the Public Service under these 13 headings.
Minister Howlin said:
“Public Service Reform is an essential element of our overall strategy for recovery and it underpins Ireland’s success in emerging from the recession. I welcome the significant progress that has been made on the implementation of the Government’s second Public Service Reform Plan. As this report illustrates, the extent of the reform programme at a central, cross-cutting level is considerable. I also want to acknowledge the complementary reform programmes and initiatives underway at organisational and sectoral levels across the Public Service.”
He continued “While we have made good progress in terms of Public Service Reform, we still have further work to do. We must continue to drive the implementation of the Reform Programme with energy and commitment.”
The Minister also thanked all public servants for their contribution to the ongoing recovery. He commented that “their commitment, dedication and efforts have been the most important element in the progress that we have made in building a new Public Service”.
Note to Editors
The Report sets out details of some 150 concrete examples of progress made across the Public Service. Some highlights include:
Two previous Progress Reports have been published on the first Reform Plan (of November 2011). These are available at http://www.reformplan.per.gov.ie/