He said getting rid of 41 agencies, including the Combat Poverty Agency and the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, was “not just about saving money but about accountability as well”.
He said many of these bodies are “autonomous in their operation and at one remove from the taxpayer” yet they are making decisions that ministers should be accountable for.
The Labour Party described as “shameful” the decision to incorporate the Combat Poverty Agency and the Office of Social Inclusion into the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
Spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs, Roisín Shorthall, said it was a betrayal of society’s most vulnerable: “The fact that the agency has produced reports that are critical of government policy on poverty and caused some embarrassment to her [Mary Hanafin] and her predecessors, is not sufficient reason to justify its abolition,” she said.
The Crisis Pregnancy Agency, the National Cancer Screening Service, the National Cancer Registry Board and the Drug Treatment Centre will all be done away with and their work brought under the HSE.
The Money Advice and Budgeting Service will become part of the Citizens Information Board.
Fine Gael Enterprise spokesperson Leo Varadkar welcomed this aspect of the budget but said: “I am disappointed that FÁS, the second largest quango will retain a budget of almost €1 billion this year.”
The National Crime Council, the Educational Disadvantage Committee and the National Adult Learning Council are all to be abolished while the Centre for Early Childhood Development & Education is to be closed.
State agencies being merged:
* The Health Service Executive will be home to the National Cancer Screening Service, the National Cancer Registry Board, the Crisis Pregnancy Agency and the Drug Treatment Centre.
* The Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board will be merged into the Dental Council, the Medical Council and the HSE.
* The National Council for the Professional Development of Midwifery will be merged into the HSE and An Bord Altranais.
* The Food Safety Association Of Ireland, the Office of Tobacco Control and the Irish Medicines Board will be merged into one authority.
* The National Archives and Irish Manuscripts Commission will be merged into the National Library.
* The Local Government Management Services Board and the Local Government Computer Services Board will be merged into the Local Government Services Board.
* The Rent Tribunal will be merged into the Private Residential TenanciesBoard.
* The Central and Regional Fisheries Board will be merged into a single National Fisheries Board.
* The National Council for Forest Research and Development will be merged into the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
* The marketing function of Bord Iascaigh Mhara will be transferred to An Bord Bia.
State agencies to be abolished:
* The National Crime Council.
* The Educational Disadvantage Committee.
* The National Adult Learning Council.
* The Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education.
* St Brincin’s Hospital, Dublin, will be closed.
State agencies that will be amalgamated.
* The Combat Poverty Agency and the Office of Social Inclusion will beintegrated into the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
* The Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commission will be fully integrated.
* The Censorship of Publications Board will be amalgamated with the Office for Film Classification.
* The amalgamation of the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, and the Further Education and Training Awards Council into one organisation.
* The Air Accident Investigation Unit, Railway Accident Investigation Unit and Marine Casualty Investigation Board to be amalgamated.
* The National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority will become one.
* The Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Crawford Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland to be combined.
State agencies to be subsumed.
* The National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism will be absorbed into the Office of the Minister for Integration.
* The functions of the Dublin Transport Office, the Commission for Taxi Regulation and the Public Transport Licensing will be carried out by a new Dublin Transport Authority.
* The National Council on Ageing and Older People will be subsumed into the Office of Older People.
* The Children Acts Advisory Board will be subsumed into the Office of the Minister for Children.
* The Women’s Health Council will be subsumed into the Department of Health.
* The National Social Work Qualifications Board, the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and the Opticians Board will be subsumed into the Health and Social Care Professionals Council.
* Culture Ireland will remain as part of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism.
* The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) will be assigned to the Citizen’s Information Board.