Implementation Body

The Agreement provided for the establishment of an Implementation Body to oversee progress of the agreed measures across the public service. Details of the Implementation Body and its membership can be found here.

The Implementation Body is responsible for driving the implementation of all measures under the Agreement through:

  1. Monitoring progress on the implementation of all of the actions and initiatives falling under the Agreement in each sector and reporting such progress to Government
  2. Costing and verification of savings achieved from the implementation of these measures.

In addition, the Body is required to adjudicate on issues of interpretation pertaining to the Agreement itself and ensuring that the process and timelines for dispute provisions set out by the Agreement are adhered to.

Sectoral Bodies have been established under the National Implementation Body to facilitate managements and unions in these sectors to progress the speedy implementation of sectoral reforms.

Monitoring and Reporting on progress
Detailed Action Plans have been developed for each sector of the public service to underpin the implementation of the Agreement. The Plans set out the initiatives to be taken and the timelines within which implementation will be achieved in each relevant sector. The sectors are; Health, An Garda Síochána, The Prison Service, Education, Local Government and Civil Service and State Agency sectors.

The Body reports to Government on progress made on the implementation of various measures and publishes a report on an annual basis. The annual report includes the level of sustainable paybill savings attributed to the Agreement as well efficiencies or non-pay savings reported to the Body.

The Body requests progress reports from the various sectors of the public service on the commitments they have included on the Action Plans and assesses the reforms and savings being made on foot of those reports. Progress on key reforms such as changed work practices, redeployment, rationalisation of offices and agencies and reconfiguration of services and shared services are also included in the annual report of the Body.

Membership of the Implementation Body comprises the independent chair and nominees from Public Service Management and the Public Service Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions as follows:

P.J. Fitzpatrick is the former chief executive of the Irish Courts Service from 1999 until the end of 2009. He was the first person to hold this position and implemented a major programme of change and modernisation, which transformed courts and courts administration nationwide. He was previously chief executive of the Eastern Regional Health Board, the largest health authority in Ireland at that time. Prior to joining the Courts Service Mr. Fitzpatrick was Chief Executive of the Eastern Regional Health Board, then the largest health authority in Ireland. He was until recently a non executive director of the Health Service Executive. Earlier this year he acted as interim Financial Services Ombudsman. He holds an MSc in Management from Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Institute of Directors Ireland.

The Implementation Body is supported by a Secretariat provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. It can be contacted here. The Secretariat can respond to queries regarding the overall Agreement, however, queries regarding specific items contained in the Action Plans of particular sectors or public service bodies should be directly made to the relevant sector or body.

Mr. Robert Watt, Secretary General/Ms. Deirdre Hanlon, Assistant Secretary, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform
Ms. Oonagh Buckley, Principal Officer, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform
Mr. Paul Reid, Programme Director, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

Mr. Shay Cody, General Secretary, IMPACT
Mr. Tom Geraghty, General Secretary, PSEU
Ms. Sheila Nunan, General Secretary, INTO
Ms. Patricia King, Vice-President, SIPTU

Health Sectoral Implementation BodyChairman: Mr. Pat Harvey
Education Sector Implementation Body Chairman: Mr. David O’Callaghan
Local Government Sector Implementation Body Chairman: Mr. Dan Murphy
Prison Service Implementation Body Chairman: Mr. Michael McLoone
State Agency Sector Implementation BodyChairman: Mr. John White
Civil Service Sector Implementation BodyChairman: Ms. Anna Perry

In addition, groups have been put in place to oversee the implementation of the Agreement in the Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána. The Chair of the Implementation Body chairs both of these groups