Minister Howlin secures agreement on Corporate Governance Standard for Civil Service

Issued 17 November 2015

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin, T.D., today (17 November 2015) announced the publication of a Corporate Governance Standard for the Civil Service.  This is the first time that such a Standard has been produced for the Civil Service as a whole. 

Announcing the Standard, Minister Howlin stated that:

 “Corporate governance is the way in which organisations are directed and controlled. Good corporate governance is central to the effective operation of Government Departments and Offices.  This new Standard will provide assurance that good governance policies and practices are embedded in the Civil Service.  It sets out what we mean by governance, and why it is important”.

Robert Watt, Secretary General at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform stated:

 “Achieving excellence in governance is one of the commitments under the Civil Service Renewal Plan.  The principles set out in this Standard are now a ‘must do’ element of governance for all Departments/OfficesThese are the building blocks for developing better governance. 

The Standard sets out the key elements of governance that Departments and Offices must now document and publish.  This will mean that the way the Civil Service takes decisions and implements policies will be more transparent to citizens”.

The Governance Standard requires Departments and Offices for the first time to document and publish their governance arrangements.  These include how each Department and Office does its work and how it operates to deliver on its mandate and functions.  

Minister Howlin further stated:

“The implementation of this Standard will strengthen governance across the Civil Service and I look forward to the publication of Departments’ and Offices’ governance arrangements early next year”.

Note to Editors:

The Corporate Governance Standard is available at

Establishing a common governance standard for the Civil Service is one of the key actions of the Civil Service Renewal Plan.