Cabinet concern about underspend of almost €100 million on road projects

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The Irish Mirror also understands that Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe raised the fact that there is an ongoing underspend in the Department of Transport.

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Concerns have been raised by several Cabinet ministers over the Department of Transport’s failure to spend its budget on national roads, the Irish Mirror understands.

Several Cabinet ministers told the Irish Mirror that the majority of those in attendance agreed that the underspend on national roads was a concern. It is understood that the Green ministers did not take part in the discussion to the same extent as their Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael colleagues. Sources also said that the Minister of State at the Department of Transport Jack Chambers shared some of these concerns.

Another Minister stated that if there was going to be underspending in some areas of the Department of Transport, then the opportunity should be taken to resurface or carry out other works on smaller and regional roads. Elsewhere, Minister Donnelly told his colleagues that there is some financial risk to the health budget as the HSE reported that it spent €178m over its budget in the first three months of 2023.

Compared to the same period last year, inpatient and day cases are up 11 per cent and outpatient attendances were up 10 per cent.

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