The Department of Agriculture's underspend exceeded €100m in 2017 for the second year running, according to the Comptroller and Auditor General's annual report on the accounts of public services submitted to the Dáil this Friday.

Budget 2017 allowed the Department to spend €1.5bn, but just under €1.4bn left its coffers, leaving €102m unused. The bulk of savings was on funds intended for payments to farmers under rural development schemes, which came €80m under budget.