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Thursday, 13 July 2023

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Capital Expenditure Programme

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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347. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to disaggregate the €0.75 billion allocated to Other in non-core expenditure in 2024, as per Table 7 of the Summer Economic Statement, by programme type. [35234/23]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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The 2023 Summer Economic Statement (SES) set out the Government’s medium-term budgetary strategy and outlines the fiscal parameters within which discussions will take place ahead of Budget 2024. In planning the fiscal and budgetary response for 2024, Government will continue a balanced approach of supporting investment in public services while seeking to ensure fiscal sustainability.

Alongside the additional core expenditure being provided in Budget 2024 to facilitate the continued investment in frontline services and National Development Plan implementation, Budget 2024 will also provide for non-core spending of up to €4 billion for measures towards mitigating the temporary challenges our society is facing.

This €4 billion amount includes indicative provisions of €2½ billion to provide humanitarian supports for arrivals to Ireland from Ukraine, €¾ billion for areas experiencing legacy impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic and an indicative €¾ billion for other non-core challenges.

This ‘other’ provision will provide for areas including necessary project funding to address the impact of Brexit, implementation of existing projects under our National Recovery and Resilience Plan and funding for RePowerEU projects. Exact allocations for each of these categories, and other areas where there are expected to be temporary funding needs, will be determined as part of the 2024 Estimates process.

Over the coming weeks my Department will be engaging with other Departments across Government as part of the 2024 Estimates process. As part of this process funding requirements both core and non-core will be considered. In advance of this it is not possible to dis-aggregate funding by programme type. Any allocations made will be included in the Estimates or Revised Estimate publications as appropriate.


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