Aidan Kane from NUIG has published a fasacanting set of data from the CSO showing a detailed breakdown of the real level of local and central expenditure and revenues before the figures are netted down for PRSI etc.
The headlines figure for me are
- total state expenditure in 2009 was €75bn or 57% of GNP (Probably one of the highest in the OECD)
- total state revenue in 2009 was €52bnbn or just under 40% of GNP.
Also interesting that total receipts has been fairly constant at 40% of GNP since 2005 at 40% of GNP