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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Departmental Expenditure

Photo of Rose Conway-WalshRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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93. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the higher education expenditure as a percentage of GDP, GNI and modified GNI; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22437/21]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The provision of funding for Higher Education on an annual basis is part of overall expenditure management and budgetary policy. In 2021, exclusive of further education (programme A) and research allocations (programme C) total planned exchequer (programme B) and NTF funding of the HE sector for 2021 is in the order of €1.98billion.

Calculations in relation to conventional measures of economic activity such as GDP, GNI or the alternative metric of ‘modified’ Gross National Income are not a function of my department. I understand that the calculations of Ireland’s GDP, GNI and modified GNI for 2021 will be released by the the CSO in due course.

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