17. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if structural reform of his Department as recommended by the change implementation group has been costed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42338/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy is aware that the proposed structural reform of the Department involves a radical overhaul of how the Department operates. Developing this level of structural and organisational change, particularly while progressing existing Government priorities, will require considerable investment in specialist expertise and support. A procurement process is underway to obtain the required external specialist expertise to support the Department in designing and implementing the new structure. That process is expected to conclude in the coming weeks with a contract being put in place in November.
The cost of the project will be dependent on the outcome of this procurement process, and on the final detailed design of the new operating model. A provision of €10m has been made in Budget 2019 to support both the Department and policing transformation programmes. This is intended to cover a variety of costs that will arise in both programmes in 2019.