The Department of Agriculture recorded an underspend of €78.6m in 2019 based on accounts presented to the Auditor and Comptroller General.

The Department had budgeted to spend €1.345bn last year but spent €1.246bn. This was up on €1.074bn spent in 2018 but €98.4m shy of its revised estimated spend. A total of €19.8m in capital spending was held over to this year. The biggest underspend was in the area of farm supports and controls, where the Department spent €19.4m less than planned.