Gross voted public expenditure for the period 1997 to 2016 is summarised in the table below. The figures represent all current and capital spending by Government Departments and some of their agencies, including spending from the Social Insurance Fund, but does not include non-voted spending directly from the Central Fund such as debt-servicing costs. All figures are actual outturn figures up to 2014, while the 2015 figures are provisional outturns which will be updated when the Appropriation Accounts are published and the figures for 2016 are in line with the Revised Estimates published on 17 December 2015, and the year-on-year percentage variations are also shown.

Year Total (€ 000) y-o-y % Current (€ 000) y-o-y % Capital (€ 000) y-o-y %
1997 18,857,499 8.10% 16,851,240 8.00% 2,006,259 8.90%
1998 20,512,341 8.80% 17,978,261 6.70% 2,534,080 26.30%
1999 22,810,750 11.20% 19,737,640 9.80% 3,073,110 21.30%
2000 26,077,114 14.30% 22,146,662 12.20% 3,930,452 27.90%
2001 31,303,197 20.70% 26,327,524 19.70% 4,975,673 26.60%
2002 35,808,391 14.40% 30,224,518 14.80% 5,583,873 12.20%
2003 38,364,390 7.10% 33,003,585 9.20% 5,360,805 -4.00%
2004 40,750,645 6.20% 35,546,468 7.70% 5,204,177 -2.90%
2005 45,095,031 10.70% 39,212,152 10.30% 5,882,879 13.00%
2006 50,016,306 10.90% 43,355,261 10.60% 6,661,045 13.20%
2007 56,426,010 12.80% 48,606,873 12.10% 7,819,137 17.40%
2008 62,395,041 10.60% 53,383,957 9.80% 9,011,084 15.20%
2009 63,051,261 1.10% 55,718,650 4.40% 7,332,611 -18.60%
2010 60,563,570 -3.90% 54,178,899 -2.80% 6,384,671 -12.90%
2011 57,361,945 -5.30% 52,847,163 -2.50% 4,514,782 -29.30%
2012 55,957,765 -2.45% 52,148,979 -1.32% 3,808,786 -15.64%
2013 54,372,605 -2.83% 50,985,721 -2.23% 3,386,884 -11.08%
2014 54,098,413 -0.50% 50,501,338 -0.95% 3,597,075 6.21%
2015 54,552,529 0.84% 50,833,532 0.66% 3,718,997 3.39%
2016 55,299,448 1.37% 51,332,110 0.98% 3,967,338 6.68%
  • The Public Expenditure Databank provides access to a comprehensive set of data on voted public expenditure in Ireland. The figures reflected in the databank detail all current and capital spending by Government Departments and agencies, along with expenditure from the Social Insurance Fund and the National Training Fund.
  • The Expenditure figures set out above do not include all public-sector expenditure, such as expenditure directly from the Central Fund as debt-servicing costs, the costs of the Houses of the Oireachtas, and the salaries of the judiciary. A more comprehensive presentation of all such expenditure is set out in the annual Department of Finance publications of the Budgetary and Economic Statistics (see tables 1 to 3) and in the Stability Programme Update (see in particular the Budgetary projections table).