Ireland scored high in Human Resource Management and Tax Administration but low in terms of regulation, risk management, social security administration and openness.
Róisín Shortall of the Social Democrats said, “the report should be a wake-up call for the Civil Service and the Government. While it does well in certain categories, it should be a matter of deep concern that we continue to fall behind other countries in terms of regulation. If we have learned anything from the economic crash, it should be about the importance of robust regulation.
We also score poorly in the whole area of openness. We need to bring much greater transparency to the operation of government and the public service. It’s time to open up the whole of Government. This should include
- repealing the Official Secrets Act,
- repealing the Ministers and Secretaries Act to make Ministers and senior civil servants responsible for their actions, and
- making publicly held data much more freely available to the public – including consultant waiting times, land records, company registrations, and consolidated legislation.
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