Transparency

Information on the Review of the Council, FOI, governance, funding, meetings, and communications of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is listed here:

External Review of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC)  appointed an independent peer review group to provide an independent evaluation of IFAC’s outputs in line with IFAC’s Strategic Plan 2014–2016.

The members of the panel were:

  • Mr. Lars Jonung (Chair)
  • Mr. Iain Begg and
  • Mr. Michael Tutty

The final report of the panel was submitted to IFAC and sent by the Council to the Minister for Finance, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform and is published here.

Freedom of Information

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is a prescribed body under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts 1997, 2003, and 2014. FOI establishes three statutory rights:

  1. The right to access official records held by Government Departments or other public bodies listed in the Act;
  2. A right for each person to have official information relating to himself or herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and,
  3. A right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself.

Find out more about Freedom of Information and the legislation, structure, rules and functions of the Council.

FOI related enquiries can be sent to: info@fiscalcouncil.ie.

Access to Environmental Information

The European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 came into force on 1 May 2007 and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 came into force on 23 December 2011. Both pieces of legislation are to be read together and construed as one and are referred to as the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2011, and were amended by the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment)(Amendment) Regulations 2014. Further details

Governance

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is a statutory body governed by the legislation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act. The Council operates according to public sector regulations and practices. Further details.

Funding

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is funded from the Central Fund and its annual budget is subject to a ceiling specified in the Fiscal Responsibility Act. Further details.

Meetings

In carrying out its work the Council interacts with some Government departments, national and international bodies. Details of these meetings, along with the Council’s internal meetings can be viewed at the following links:

Response to Fiscal Assessment Reports

Parliamentary Questions

Responses to parliamentary questions relating to the Fiscal Council can be accessed below:

Correspondence to the Minister for Finance

Prompt Payments by Public Sector Bodies Reporting

IFAC reports quarterly on its compliance with the Government’s 15-Day Prompt Payment commitment, using a revised payment performance template which includes the levels of late payment interest and compensation costs incurred.