Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Committee on Budgetary Oversight
Pre-Budget 2022 Scrutiny: Irish Fiscal Advisory Council
I will allow members who wish to come back in to do so in a few minutes. As everybody is attending remotely, I ask members who wish to speak to display the hand symbol on their screens. First, I wish to ask a couple of questions specifically around a thorny issue that we come up against in the committee all of the time, that is, what is good medium-term budgetary planning and what does that look like, and in regard to access to data and planning for demographic change. Does IFAC consider access in this country to demographic data and disaggregated data in terms of health and the make-up of our communities is on par with other countries? Is it an adequate methodology for IFAC to engage in meaningful medium to long-term fiscal planning?