Periodic Critical Reviews - Progress and Lessons [Online]

11 November 2021


IPA, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4

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Since the launch of the State Body Code in 2016,  Government Departments have sought to progress the Periodic Critical Review  (PCR)  requirement with their non-commercial aegis bodies and agencies. To date, progress has been limited, perhaps hindered initially by several reasons  including resourcing, lack of an agreed methodology and approach, other pressing business requirements and more recently Covid-19. With a view to further supporting Departments, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) launched further guidance on PCRs in September 2020, which includes detailed guidance on approach and methodology to facilitate the efficient and effective conduct of these necessary reviews.

The purpose of this event is to further explore the area of PCRs and provide useful case study examples and practical guidance for Departments and State Bodies. This should prove helpful and instructive in supporting the commencement and execution of PCRs. We are very pleased that we have three expert contributors who are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and insight on this important topic. The event will consider issues such as:

The event contributors will be:

The event will be moderated by Dr Deirdre Bane  of the IPA Governance Team.


Fergal Costello

Fergal is Principal Officer in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, with responsibility for Government Accounting (including the State Body Code) and the Corporate Bodies of the Department. He previously worked in the Higher Education Authority, where he had responsibility for a range of functions including institutional funding, performance management and policy development, and before that he worked in the Department of Education and Skills. 

Paul Geraghty

Paul Geraghty is Principal Officer in the Social Inclusion and Communities Unit at the Department of Rural and Community Development.  His duties include policy and oversight for a range of measures which support disadvantaged communities including the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).  Paul is also responsible for the management of the control of dogs agenda, oversight of the management of burial grounds, and he is also responsible for managing the oversight of POBAL.

Paul was recently Chairperson of the Steering Group which oversaw the Periodic Critical Review of Pobal.

Brendan Buggy

Brendan is the Registrar of the Valuation Tribunal, on a three year secondment from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH). He has responsibility for ensuring that the Tribunal operates to the optimum level of efficiency and effectiveness and develops its capacity in line with the recommendations outlined in the 2018 Periodic Critical Review (PCR) of the Tribunal.

Prior to taking up the role of Registrar, Brendan held a number of roles across the civil service, including with the Central Statistics Office, Department of Social Welfare and most recently the DHLGH (since 1998). His responsibilities there included local government policy and financing, legislation of local government reform, and legislation on the possibility of a plebiscite for a Directly Elected mayor for Dublin

Dr Deirdre Bane

Deirdre is a Senior Finance Specialist in the IPA Governance Team, delivering Financial Management, Audit and Internal Control Training and assistance programmes together with consultancy services to various public, state and semi-state bodies, charities and not-for-profit organisations. Previous to her position at the IPA, Deirdre worked in education for over thirteen years as a Lecturer in Finance, teaching Financial and Management Accounting (including Financial Statement Analysis), Corporate Finance and Financial Management (Investment Appraisal), and Economic and Statistics.

Prior to her experience in education, Deirdre spent ten years in the United States, working in the financial services sector (including equity research and asset management). In addition, she worked for an independent consulting practice performing economic impact analysis studies, economic development planning, social research and analysis, and providing strategic planning services to government, non-profit and corporate clients in the United States.