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Spending Review 2019

Published: 15 August 2019
From: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

The Spending Review process aims to improve how public expenditure is allocated across all areas of Government. The Spending Review in 2019 resulted in 28 published papers. In addition, a number of papers measuring the social impact of specific schemes and services have also been published.


Tusla: Assessment of Performance Measurement

The purpose of this paper is to conduct a high level analysis of the performance metrics and data which Tusla collects in order to assess, at a high level, whether the performance information currently collected is sufficient to conduct an evaluation of the services provided by Tusla.


Costing Framework for the Expansion of GP Care

This paper develops a framework for estimating the costs and impacts of expanding free GP in Ireland. Findings based on a number of expansion scenarios are presented.


Emergency Departments: Trends 2014-2017

Building upon previous spending review analysis, this paper analyses the trends in Emergency Departments (ED) over the period 2014-2017. It also considers a number of recent policy initiatives introduced which could be expected to have direct or indirect impacts on EDs.


Health Workforce: Consultants Pay and Skills Mix 2012-2017

This paper assess the number of Consultants and the mix of Consultant disciplines employed in the public health system in Ireland. It estimates the annual Exchequer pay bill for Consultants and provides an international comparison in terms of remuneration.



Monitoring Inputs, Outputs and Outcomes in Special Education Needs Provision

This paper examines Special Education Needs Expenditure in Ireland. It provides an overview of trends and efficiency issues, examines the way inputs, outputs and outcomes are monitored in the sector, and proposes a new framework for evaluating outcomes.


School Transport Expenditure

This paper sets out a broad overview of school transport expenditure and trends, examines the key components of school transport expenditure, mainstream and special education expenditure and examines factors driving these costs and affecting the efficiency of the scheme.


Review of Participation in and Costs of Apprenticeships

The objective of this paper is to analyse funding for apprenticeships and examine the cost of delivery and the registrations for programmes.


Income and Employment Supports

Review of Carer’s Supports

This paper analyses trends in expenditure and recipient numbers on carer’s supports to identify key drivers of expenditure. The paper also examines the profile of carers and the people they care for, future pressures and the likely impacts on carer’s supports expenditure.


Lone Parent and In-Work Supports for Families and Children

The paper assesses trends in expenditure and recipients of Lone Parent and In-Work Supports. It details a profile of recipients, reviews scheme inflows and outflows, and sets out a number of key findings arising from the analysis.



Analysis of Social Housing Acquisitions

Building upon previous spending review analysis in the housing sector, this paper assesses the delivery of social housing through acquisitions and includes an assessment of the various delivery mechanisms, the unit cost of delivery, cost efficiency and market interaction.


Enterprise Supports

Focused Policy Assessment of Capital, Employment, and Training Supports: 2005/2006 – 2018

This Focused Policy Assessment (FPA) reviews the direct financial capital, employment and training (CET) supports to industry delivered through Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the IDA.


Analysis of Science Foundation Ireland Research Grants

This paper provides an analytical overview of Science Foundation Ireland’s spending on research grants. It includes an analysis of the overall funding dynamics of SFI, a trend and compositional analysis of awards, and an analysis of SFI activities and outputs, with a focus on leveraged funding, collaborations with industry, and SFI’s development of human capital.



Evaluating the Regional Airports Programme

This paper provides a high-level analysis of efficiency metrics and impacts of Ireland’s Regional Airports Programme (RAP). The RAP provides capital grants and operating subvention to four regional airports in Ireland, as well as public service obligation funding for two domestic air services.


Personal Incentives for Electric Vehicle purchase

This paper examines incentives for personal electric vehicle (EV) purchase in Ireland. It assesses the current level of incentives and the future sustainability of these incentives in the context of national targets for EV purchase.



Animal Health – TB Eradication

The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad overview of the current Bovine TB eradication programme and identify potential areas that may accelerate the progress of the policy objective of eradication by 2030.


The Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme

This spending review paper provides an analytical overview of the Green, Low Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) and covers the rationale, efficiency, effectiveness and continued relevance of the scheme.


Beef Data Genomics Programme

This review of the Beef Data Genomics Programme (BDGP) aims to evaluate the impact of the scheme to date in terms of efficiency and effectiveness and to identify aspects of the programme that could be improved.


Rural and Community Development

Overview of the Dublin North East Inner City Initiative

This paper presents a high level overview and initial consideration of the Dublin North East Inner City (NEIC) initiative, including a case study of the Pilot Social Employment Programme (PSEP) which aims to support the delivery of range of service in the area.



Post Project Review of the Pálás Cinema Project

This review examines the income streams, operations, administration and outputs related to the Pálás cinema project and, in particular, assesses the Department's grant management approach.


Review of the Arts and Culture Capital Enhancement Support Scheme (Access II)

This paper reviews the second round of the Arts and Culture Capital Enhancement Support Scheme (ACCESS II). It assess the efficiency and effectiveness with which the scheme was delivered, and highlights learnings from ACCESS II that may be applied to similar schemes in the future.


2016 Heritage Council Review – Assessment of Implementation

This paper reviews the implementation of the recommendations arising from a 2016 review of the Heritage Council. A key driver for this paper is to ensure meaningful implementation of recommendations arising from Departmental evaluations.



Towards a Framework for Multi-Annual Budgeting: Considerations for An Garda Síochána

This paper assesses the potential application of multi annual budgeting in An Garda Síochána. Set against the background of the ongoing policing reform programme, this paper addresses the criteria required for successful implementation of multi annual budgeting.


Direct Provision: Overview of Current Accommodation Expenditure

This paper assesses direct provision in the context of current accommodation expenditure while also providing an international comparison of similar provision systems.



Civil Defence Expenditure

The paper provides an overview of the objectives and rationale for the operation of Civil Defence. It examines the overall composition of expenditure, assesses the relevance and value for money obtained from this expenditure and identifies suitable and relevant international comparators.


Government Expenditure

Budgetary Impact of Changing Demographics from 2020 - 2030

This paper is an updated version of a 2016 IGEES Paper Budgetary Impact of Changing Demographics 2017-2027. It looks at the overall impact of demographics on key areas of public expenditure.


Spending Review 2019 - Public Service Employment & Expenditure Modelling

Building on the Exchequer pay bill analysis published in the 2018 Spending Review, this paper seeks to model how public service numbers and rates of pay will be impacted by demographics and the economic cycle over the medium term.


Cyclicality of Public Expenditure

This paper investigates whether the various components of public expenditure have experienced pro-cyclicality. The paper uses correlation analysis to understand the relationship between the various components of public expenditure and the economic cycle as measured by the output gap.


Trends in Public Expenditure

This paper examines trends in, and drivers of, public expenditure over a longer time frame. It builds on similar papers in 2017 and 2018 and provides a useful context and reference point for the range of more in-depth spending review papers.