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"There is nothing easy left to do": Howlin outlines the Budget challenges

The Public Expenditure and Reform Minister has outlined the scale of the challenge facing ministers in crucial Cabinet discussions taking place today.


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PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has said there is nothing easy left to do as the country prepares for another austerity Budget next week.

Speaking ahead of this morning’s Cabinet meeting at Government Buildings, the Labour Party Minister said that any further adjustments – now likely to be €2.5 billion – will be “challenging and difficult”

He told reporters: “There is nothing easy left to do because anything in terms of expenditure reduction or tax increases that is easy – if there’s any such thing – has already been done well by now.”

Howlin confirmed that he and Finance Minister Michael Noonan will present “a common strategy paper using the most recent data” to Cabinet this morning that will set out the Budget framework.

Video: Nicky Ryan at Government Buildings

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