Thursday, 25 February 2021

Questions (147)

Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

147. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Defence the annual spend on national defence and on the Defence Forces excluding pensions as a percentage of GDP since 1999, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10726/21]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The table below sets out Vote 36 (Defence) Gross expenditure, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at current market prices as published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), along with Defence expenditure expressed as a percentage of GDP for the period 1999 to 2019. Details of GDP figures for 2020 are not yet available.

Defence Expenditure (Vote 36) 1999-2019 as a % of GDP

Year

Defence (Vote 36) Expenditure €m

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) €m

Defence (Vote 36) Expenditure as % of GDP

1999

760

92,669

0.82%

2000

820

108,400

0.76%

2001

731

122,010

0.60%

2002

725

135,956

0.53%

2003

711

145,534

0.49%

2004

733

156,189

0.47%

2005

759

170,231

0.45%

2006

772

184,914

0.42%

2007

817

197,130

0.41%

2008

880

187,620

0.47%

2009

804

169,786

0.47%

2010

744

167,674

0.44%

2011

704

170,951

0.41%

2012

657

175,104

0.38%

2013

667

179,616

0.37%

2014

673

195,148

0.34%

2015

671

262,853

0.26%

2016

671

270,809

0.25%

2017

681

300,387

0.23%

2018

701

326,986

0.21%

2019

756

356,051

0.21%

2020

781

Note: The CSO advised that Ireland’s GDP grew considerably from 2015, mainly due to multinational companies moving their intellectual properties to Ireland, resulting in a huge spike in Irish earnings and the impact of ‘tax inversions’, where businesses moved their official headquarters to Ireland but kept the bulk of their actual operations abroad.

The Government are committed to ensuring that the Defence Forces have sufficient funding to deliver effectively on all their assigned roles, both at home and overseas, as set out in the White Paper on Defence and reinforced by White Paper Update 2019.