OECD Public Management Reviews: Ireland 2008

Towards an Integrated Public Service

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Ireland's economic success story is one that many OECD countries would like to emulate. Of the many factors linked to this success, understanding the public sector’s role is key. Integration matters. The key public service reform challenge for Ireland going forward is for the different parts of the Irish Public Service to work cohesively together, with a more integrated approach at the national and local levels.

This book provides an overview of the Irish Public Service, its fiscal and demographic context, and looks at capacity and motivation issues, improving service delivery, and strengthening governance. It also provides four case studies and a series of recommendations.

This report is the first in a series of OECD country reviews that will look at public management reform and governance issues from a comprehensive perspective. These reviews will help countries to identify how reforms can better reinforce each other in support of overall government objectives. They also examine reform strategies that have worked in other countries and provide advice as to which reforms can be appropriately adapted to a given country.




Fiscal and Demographic Developments

Over the past decade, Ireland has managed to achieve the highest real growth rates in the OECD. The Irish Public Service has a crucial role to play in enabling, strengthening and sustaining this economic growth by creating the conditions for investment, and rapidly and efficiently investing billions of euros in infrastructure, scaling-up services, managing public private partnerships and testing new service delivery models. This chapter examines Ireland’s current economic status and performance since 1995, and identifies the future challenges for the Irish Public Service to maintain and build on its economic progress in response to changing infrastructure and demographic needs.


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