The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, T.D., has published the second Annual Progress Report on the Public Service Reform Plan 2014-16.
Building on progress on implementing the Government’s first Public Service Reform Plan (2011-13), the second Public Service Reform Plan, published in January 2014, covers the period to end 2016. It contains more than 230 actions, with the overarching objective of achieving better outcomes for citizens, businesses and public servants themselves. The plan emphasises improved service delivery, alongside an ongoing focus on efficiency.
The Annual Progress Report published provides an overview of the progress made in the last year on the cross-cutting areas set out in the Reform Plan. It also provides a range of examples of progress and good practice on reform from across the Public Service.
Minister Howlin said:
“I am very pleased with this progress which builds on our achievements on Public Service Reform since 2011 and which further embeds reform as a key role for all of those involved in designing and delivering public services”.
“We have seen strong progress at a central, cross-cutting level and also in the complementary reform programmes underway at organisational and sectoral levels across the Public Service, which have been led by the relevant Ministers and their Departments”.
The Minister added:
“Ireland has a long and proud tradition of service to the public and the State and looking to the future, I believe that ongoing reform should be central to meeting increasing customer expectations and demographic challenges”.
The Minister also thanked all public servants for the role that they have played in delivering this significant programme of reform.
Note to the Editor
The Report sets out details of some 170 specific examples of progress made across the Public Service.
Some highlights include:
The Executive Summary and the main body of the Report include many further examples.
The Report also presents some key achievements in Public Service Reform since 2011, highlighting examples of reform initiatives under the following four themes:
Infographics are also available at http://reformplan.per.gov.ie/