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# public purse
Do you have any ideas on how the Government should spend its money?
Howlin wants to hear from you.

MINISTER HOWLIN IS looking for the public’s opinion on ways to save money across Government spending.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform today launched a public consultation process on the second Comprehensive Review of Expenditure (CRE) exercise.

The CRE will form the basis for setting out Ministerial expenditure ceilings from 2014 to 2017.

Howlin said: “I would like to give an opportunity to all members of the public and interested parties to present constructive comments and suggestions in relation to public expenditure and reform so that they can be considered in the context of the review.”

The public can submit proposals here.


The first Comprehensive Review of Expenditure was carried out in 2011 and was published in December 2011 in conjunction with Budget 2012 as the Comprehensive Expenditure Report 2012 – 2014.

Minister Howlin said: “I announced my intention to conduct a second CRE in my Budget speech on 15 October, 2013.

This review is underway and the results of the process will be published alongside the Budget Estimates in October, 2014.

“This will be a focused review, largely building on existing analysis carried out by Departments and the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform since 2011.

“While the Government continues to plan for the future to ensure our economic recovery is maintained, we are aware that there are areas where challenges remain and further progress needs to be made.”

More information is available on the Department’s website here.

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