Brendan Howlin, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform visits the OECD

Issued 12 September 2014

Brendan Howlin, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is in Paris today to engage with representatives of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, the OECD.

Minister Howlin was invited to visit in order to outline the work that he, and the Department, are engaged in.

Since its establishment in 2011, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has been tasked with delivering significant, strategic and sustainable reform of the Irish Public Service. These reforms are essential in order that we continue to deliver and improve services to citizens.

As such, the Reform Agenda has been a key element of the Government’s strategic response to the economic crisis.

The discussion at the OECD will encompass Public Service Reform, Public Sector Integrity and Budgeting and Public Expenditure.

Speaking in advance of the opening session this morning, the Minister remarked, “The OECD is a repository of International Best Practice. It is vital that Ireland utilizes channels of communication such as this. This sort of interaction is very important for Ireland.”

In order to fully optimise the Minister’s limited time in France, two bilateral meetings with members of the French Government were held yesterday. These were with Minister for Finance, Michel Spain and Minister of State for the Budget, Christian Eckert.

Both Ministers dedicated time to substantive exchanges with Minister Howlin, clearly treating the Irish narrative on recovery as of real and immediate import to them with each Minister congratulating Ireland on its performance.