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The Government announced, in its Statement on Transforming Public Services on 27 November
2008, that the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan T.D., was establishing a Special Group on
Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes to examine the current expenditure
programmes in each Government Department and to make recommendations for reducing public
service numbers so as to ensure a return to sustainable public finances. The Group’s Terms of
Reference are set out in Appendix 1 on page viii.
The Minister appointed Mr Colm McCarthy, School of Economics, University College Dublin, as
member and Chair of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes
(referred to in this report as the ‘Special Group’), along with Mr Donal McNally, Second Secretary
General, Department of Finance, and:
• Mr. Pat McLoughlin, Chief Executive of the Irish Payment Services Organisation and
former Deputy Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive;
• Mr Maurice O’Connell, former Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland and former senior
official in the Department of Finance;
• Mr William Slattery, Executive Vice-President, Head of European Offshore, State Street
• Ms Mary Walsh, member of the Commission on Taxation and former Partner,
The Group was supported by a Secretariat provided by the Department of Finance.