The Taoiseach and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform launch The Civil Service Renewal Plan

Issued 30 October 2014

The Taoiseach and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform launch

The Civil Service Renewal Plan –

A vision and three year action plan for the Civil Service

30th October 2014

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, today (30th October 2014) joined with Brendan Howlin, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to launch The Civil Service Renewal PlanA vision and three year action plan for the Civil Service.The plan delivers a central Programme for Government commitment and represents a fundamentally new direction for the Civil Service.

The Civil Service Renewal Plan is the product of a year-long engagement process involving almost 2,000 staff and stakeholders. It brings together the outcomes of two separate but related streams of work: the work of the Independent Panel on Strengthening Civil Service Accountability and Performance; and the work of the Civil Service Renewal Taskforce, a group of civil servants from all Departments nominated to lead a process to renew the vision and strategy for the Civil Service.

The Plan outlines a vision for the Civil Service and practical changes that will create a more unified, professional, responsive, open and accountable Civil Service, providing a world-class service to the State and to the people of Ireland. It contains 25 actions and a commitment to complete all actions within 3 years.

Speaking at today’s launch the Taoiseach welcomed the Renewal Plan saying Sweeping reform of State institutions is central to the Government’s plan to secure recovery. The Renewal Plan for the Civil Service is another important milestone in our recovery plan and will ensure that the State is better positioned to deal with the many challenges facing our country. The coming weeks and months will see the Civil Service open itself up to new people, new skills and new ways of thinking. This is an exciting time of renewal and change and I look forward to seeing this change in action.”

Implementation will commence immediately with the establishment of a central Programme Management Office (PMO) and the first meeting of the Civil Service Management Board. Once the PMO is up and running, the following actions will be taken in the first 200 days:

  • establishing the Civil Service Accountability Board, chaired by the Taoiseach
  • the first performance review process for Secretaries General
  • an end-to-end review of the disciplinary code
  • several open recruitment competitions in key areas
  • the first Civil Service wide staff engagement survey
  • the first Implementation Town Hall with staff

Addressing the launch, Minister Howlin said “The Civil Service has many strengths and we have seen huge commitment from staff to deliver efficient front line services and manage significant cost constraints to support economic recovery. We are all working together to deliver the best quality services to the public and maximum value for money to the taxpayer. The Civil Service Renewal Plan is an important part of our programme to improve public services. The focus it brings to unified leadership, innovative approaches to service delivery, maximising the performance of staff, and greater cooperation and collaboration across organisations will strengthen the capability of the Civil Service and the service it provides to the State into the future.

ENDS

 

Notes for Editors:

  • The Civil Service represents approximately 12% of the Public Service and approximately 2% of the total national labour force.
  • A Summary of Background Data on the Civil Service is published today here
  • A Summary of Staff Engagement is published today here
  • The Report of the Independent Panel on Strengthening Civil Service Accountability and Performance was published in June 2014 and can be found here
  • Responses to the 2014 public consultation process on Civil Service Accountability and Performance are catalogued here