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Minister McGrath published the third tranche of the Spending Review Papers for 2022

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, has today, Friday 9th December 2022, published the next tranche of papers as part of the 2022 Spending Review process.

The spending review is a key platform for generating evidence for policy making across the Civil Service. Supported by the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES), the process has become a focal point for analysis across Government Departments.

Welcoming these reviews, Minister McGrath stated:

"The Spending Review process is a crucial part of the ongoing assessment of the impact and effectiveness of investment in public programmes and services. I welcome today's publication of 5 papers, which brings the number of papers published this year up to 12 spending reviews.

"The papers published today cover a diverse range of expenditure areas including agriculture, foreign affairs, higher education and rural and community development and highlight the range of analysis being undertaken at present. The research provides valuable insights which will inform ongoing policy development across the public service."

A number of additional spending reviews are planned for publication in the coming weeks. The papers published today, in addition to all spending review papers published since 2017 are available on the Spending Review website.


High level summaries of papers published today:

Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine

Review of the Beef Data Genomics Programme 2015 - 2021

This paper provides and update on a 2019 Spending Review of the Beef Data Genomics Programme - with analysis of trends in Key Performance Indicators since 2015 to evaluate whether the scheme has continued to improve the genetic merit of the national beef herd and lower the intensity of Greenhouse Gas emissions of beef output, as well as projecting potential longer-term effects.

Department of Foreign Affairs

Ireland's Humanitarian Support to UN Pooled Funds - Part A

The purpose of this spending review is to provide a contextual analysis of the global humanitarian situation, a policy overview, and an expenditure analysis of Ireland's contribution to the UN pooled funds for the period 2017 - 2021

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Demographics in the Higher Education Sector

This paper examines updated full-time student demographic projections for Higher Education and calculates the funding implications associated with these updated projections.

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Characteristics of and use of selected supports by people with disabilities and special education needs ages 16-35 in Ireland.

This paper examines the education, employment and income characteristics of people aged 16 -35 with disabilities and special educational needs, and also provides an overview of selected supports that are available to this cohort with the aim of contributing towards the evidence base aimed at improving outcomes for people with disabilities

Department of Rural and Community Development

Focussed Policy Assessment: DRCD library Funding Supports

The spending review on DRCD funding for library supports outlines the outputs and impacts of that investment, and sets out recommendations on how future investment can best support the next libraries strategy and ensure the impacts of funding are better understood.