Executive Summary The importance of reform Public Service Reform has played a key role in Irelandâs recovery in recent years. Sustainable and farreaching reform has been essential in ensuring that the Public Service has been able to continue to provide essential services and to protect vulnerable groups in society. 04 Reform continues to have a very important role. A high-performing and effective Public Service is critical to Irelandâs attractiveness for business investment and employment creation. Similarly, the cost of providing public services impacts on taxation levels and the Stateâs funding requirements. The Public Service comprises approximately 289,600 members of staff across a very broad range of organisations delivering many different services. The infographic on the preceding pages provides just a few examples of the volume and diversity of services delivered across all sectors.