The Minister leads the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in serving the country, its people and the government. The mission of the department is to deliver well-managed and well-targeted public spending, through modernised, effective and accountable public services.
The Minister facilitates the department in achieving these aims, in support of its mission:
reducing public spending to more sustainable levels
reforming and improving the public services
More information on the goals of the department is available on the department's About Us
The Ministers and Secretaries Amendment Act 2011
transferred the functions relating to public expenditure, public service pay and pensions, and public service reform and modernisation, as well as some other functions relating to State assets and infrastructure, from the Minister of Finance to the (then) newly-created role of 'Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform'.
The Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 2011 is supplemented by two Orders, the Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (SI No. 418 of 2011
) which transferred a large number of specific statutory functions from the Department of Finance to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and the Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) (No. 2) Order 2011 ( SI No. 480 of 2011
) which adds a limited further list to the statutory functions transferred.