Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Sean Fleming has said the revised spending estimates for 2015 published by Minister Brendan Howlin today are again inherently flawed.

In his Dáil speech on Budget Day, 14th October 2014, Minister Brendan Howlin stated that “gross current expenditure for 2015 will be just over €50 billion. This figure represents an increase of €429 million over the 2014 Revised Estimates.  This increase is targeted primarily at critical areas in Social Protection, Health, Education, Justice and Housing.”

Deputy Fleming said: “The Minister’s claim on Budget Day was utterly bogus given the €1.2bn budget blunder revealed at the start of this month.  The full scale of supplementary estimates needed across nine government departments for the remainder of 2014, totalled €1,184,073,000.  This was largest supplementary estimate in the history of the State.

“The Revised Estimates published today actually detail a reduction in spending in 2015 of €786,586,000 (€786m) compared with 2014 spending.  On Budget Day Minister Howlin promised an increase in spending next year of €429m.

“Nobody can accept the credibility of the Minister’s figures published today.  This follows on from the 2014 flawed estimates, the massive supplementary estimate in 2014 and promises of increased spending in 2015 by Minister Howling only a matter of weeks ago.

“There will have to be substantial supplementary estimates again in 2015 to make up for Minister’s underestimation of expenditure in 2015 published today.”