About Ireland Stat

The objective of Ireland Stat is to provide you with a whole-of-Government performance measurement system. It aims to show you what Ireland’s Government has achieved, what it did in order to deliver on those achievements, what it cost and how Ireland compares with other countries. In a nutshell it answers the question “How is Ireland doing?”

This initiative is part of the Programme for Government 2011 commitment to make “the whole of Government… more transparent, accountable and efficient” and builds on the changes introduced in the detailed Estimates of Expenditure.

The Estimates have been restructured around Strategic Programmes – matching the presentation in the Statements of Strategy – so that resources and results are now presented together.

Departments’ Statements of Strategy are the anchor documents to the Government’s approach of presenting performance information. Each ‘High Level Goal’ in a Statement of Strategy is associated with a ‘Strategic Programme’.

Strategic Programmes

The Ireland Stat website now presents performance information for 51 Programmes across 14 Ministerial Vote Groups.
Each of the Programmes has been placed under a major policy theme.

Policy Theme




Ministerial Vote Group

Economy Agri-Food Agricutlure
  Promote Ireland's Economic and Trade interests Abroad Foreign Affairs and Trade
  Jobs & Enterprise Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
  Innovation Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
  Regulation Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
  Tourism Services Transport, Tourism & Sport
Education Arts, Culture and Film Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  Heritage Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  Irish Language, Gaeltacht and the Islands Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  National Gallery Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  First, Second and Early Years Education Education
  Skills Development Education
  Higher Education Education
  Capital Services Education
Environment Rural Economy Agricutlure
  Natural Resources Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  Inland Fisheries Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  Environment & Waste Management Environment
  Met Éireann Environment
Health Food Safety Agricutlure
  Sports & Recreation Services Transport, Tourism & Sport
Infrastructure Communications Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  Broadcasting Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  Energy Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  Housing Environment
  Water Services Environment
  Planning Environment
  Flood Risk Management Public Expenditure and Reform
  Civil Aviation Transport, Tourism & Sport
  Land Transport Transport, Tourism & Sport
  Maritime Transport & Safety Transport, Tourism & Sport
Public Safety Defence Defence
  Courts Service Justice
  Prisons Justice
Public Service Direct Payments Agricutlure
  North-South Co-operation Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  Local Government Environment
  Comptroller and Auditor General Finance
  Consular, Passport and Irish Services Abroad Foreign Affairs and Trade
  Reconciliation and Co-operation on this Island Foreign Affairs and Trade
  International Peace, Security and Human Rights Foreign Affairs and Trade
  Property Registration Authority Justice
  Estate Protfolio Management Public Expenditure and Reform
  Public Appointments Service Public Expenditure and Reform
  State Laboratory Public Expenditure and Reform
  State Valuation Service Public Expenditure and Reform
  Valuation Tribunal Public Expenditure and Reform
  Office of the Attorney General Taoiseach
  Chief State Solicitor's Office Taoiseach
Social Protection Community & Rural Development Environment
  Social Protection Social Protection

Performance Categories

Ireland Stat now includes almost 1,490 metrics with about 440 metrics describing trends in what has been achieved and some 1,050 metrics describing trends in what actions have been taken. The key categories of information are:
  • Achievements – these indicators are intended to capture the impacts or outcomes that public policy is aiming to influence. While some of these measures are not directly or fully controlled by Government – a whole variety of social and economic factors have a bearing upon them – it is important that people have a clear sense of the broad ‘direction of travel’ in order to see whether or not progress is being made.
  • Actions – these are the tasks and work-steps that Departments and Agencies carry out and in a sense are the outputs that the public is ‘buying’.
  • Costs – financial information is presented on the new Programme-by-Programme basis for the years for which this format is available. (In those cases where the information is not available on a Programme-by-Programme basis, copies of the Estimates are available on the Department’s website.) For >2011, 2012 and 2013, the cost data is from the Appropriation Accounts, for 2014 it is Provisional Outturn and the Estimate is presented for 2015.
  • Comparisons – Ireland’s performance is compared with that of the other EU Member States and an EU average for the years 2008 through to 2011.

Performance Trends

A traffic light system is used to provide a quick indication of whether performance is ‘improving’, ‘worsening’ or ‘being maintained’. The two most recent years are compared. If change is between +2% and -2% a yellow light is used to indicate that “performance is being maintained”. Where the metric is reported as a percentage, then a yellow light is associated with a +/- 2 percentage point change.
The process of collecting and uploading data is on-going. Further details about the development of the website and its structure are available in the Institute for Public Administration’s journal Administration. IrelandStat

Data sources

The key performance data was provided by the Departments and Offices and is taken from a wide range of sources, such as departmental Statements of Strategy, Annual Reports of relevant Departments, Offices and agencies, and various websites.
If you wish to tell us what you think, and how we might improve the website please contact us at irelandstat@per.gov.ie