Public Expenditure and Staffing


Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Key information

All voted current and capital spending by Government Departments and agencies, as well as spending from the Social Insurance Fund and the National Training Fund. Numbers of public service staff employed on a whole time equivalent basis at the end of each quarter and year by Ministerial vote group and function.


For the years 1994 to 2009, the data used are the actual expenditure outturns, as shown in the annual Appropriation Accounts. For 2010 and 2011, the figures used are taken from the Revised Estimates Volume. Public Service numbers data is based on information reported to the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform on a quarterly basis.


All current and capital spending by Government Departments and agencies, not including spending directly from the Central Fund such as debt-servicing costs, the costs of the Houses of the Oireachtas, and the salaries of the judiciary. All public service staff including public servants whose pay is not in all cases funded directly by the Exchequer.



Reference period

Calendar year and quarter

Start date



Seven months into the reference year (Estimates), ten months after the end of the reference year (appropriation accounts), Eight months after the end of the reference quarter (public service numbers)


  • Ministerial Department
    Taoiseach; Finance; Justice; Environment; Education; Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs; Foreign Affairs & Trade; Communication, Energy & Natural Resources; Agriculture; Transport; Health Group; Enterprise; Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Defence; Social Protection.
  • Function
    Civil Service; Defence sector; Education sector; Health sector; Justice sector; Local Authorities; NCSA.
  • Vote
    V1 Presidents Establishment; V2 Taoiseach; V3 Attorney General; V4 Central Statistics Office; V5 Comptroller and Auditor General; V6 Finance; V7 Superannuation and Retired Allowances; V8 Appeal Commissioners; V9 Revenue; V10 Office of Public Works; V11 State Laboratory; V12 Secret Service; V13 Chief State Solicitors Office; V14 Director of Public Prosecutions; V15 Valuation Office; V16 Public Appointments Service; V17 Commission for Public Service Appointments; V18 Ombudsman; V19 Justice and Equality; V20 Garda Siochana; V21 Prisons; V22 Courts Service; V23 Property Registration Authority; V24 Charitable Donations and Bequests; V25 Environment, Community and Local Government; V26 Education and Skills; V26A National Training Fund; V27 Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs; V28 Foreign Affairs and Trade; V29 International Cooperation; V30 Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; V31 Agriculture, Food and Marine; V32 Transport, Toursim and Sport; V33 National Gallery; V34 Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; V35 Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; V36 Defence; V37 Army Pensions; V38 Social Protection; V38A Social Insurance Fund; V39 Health; V40 Health Service Executive; V41 Office of the Minister for Children; V42 Public Expenditure and Reform; V43 Children and Youth Affairs.


Economy - Government Revenue and Expenditure

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