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Social Policy and Public Service Reform


Assistant Secretary:              Vacancy

Principal Officers:                  Eileen Kehoe, Denis Breen, Padraig Ó Conaill

The role of the Social Policy and Public Service Reform Division is to support the work of the Taoiseach and the Government to ensure that public policies and services support a socially inclusive and fair society and to assist in renewing and transforming the public service.  The Division does this through supporting the Cabinet Committees on Social Policy and Public Service Reform and Health, chairing the relevant Senior Officials Groups and working closely with other Government Departments and stakeholders.

The Division also supports the work of the Civil Service Management Board and the Civil Service Accountability Board in driving the implementation of the Civil Service Renewal Plan, published in October 2014.

The Division has the Departmental oversight role for the National Economic and Social Council (NESC).

The Programme for Government Office, responsible for oversight and reporting on implementation of the commitments contained in the Programme for Government across all Departments, falls within the remit of the Division.  

The Division monitors the operation of the Freedom of Information and transparency initiatives in the Department.

The Parliamentary Liaison Unit facilitates the enhanced relationship between the Government and the Oireachtas with a view to ensuring timely implementation of the Government’s legislative programme.

Any queries in relation to the work of the Social Policy and Public Service Reform Division should be directed to: socialpolicy@taoiseach.gov.ie or (01) 619 4030.