Friday 22 September 2017

Thomas Molloy: Risky civil service reforms to blow away the cobwebs

THE room used for press briefings in the Department of Finance was crowded with pinstripe suits yesterday morning as scores of senior civil servants squeezed in to watch their new master unveil his masterplan for their department.

Civil servants are notorious for their love of intrigue and fiercely fought turf wars but this long-overdue reorganisation has implications far beyond Merrion Street because the department remains the Government's most important arm with the power to do great good or great mischief.

The good news is that most of the reforms presented yesterday make lots of sense and are the clearest statement yet that the department is back in business and moving away from fire-fighting and towards strategic stewardship of the economy.

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