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"We're not in a position to write large cheques": Enda plays down tax-cut talk

The Cabinet’s back tomorrow, and the Budget’s in six weeks. But the Taoiseach’s not giving much away…

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THE TAOISEACH WASN’T giving much away today, as he attended an event in Sligo.

Amid speculation (much of it fueled by the Government) that next month’s Budget could contain good news for hard-pressed taxpayers — in particular, income tax cuts — Enda Kenny insisted nothing had been decided as yet.

Exchequer figures set to be released later today should give a clearer indication of the state of the country’s finances.

The Cabinet also meets for the first time in six weeks tomorrow afternoon, with work on the 14 October Budget set to top the agenda.

“We still have an enormous debt. We’re not in a position to write large cheques,” he said, speaking to local station Ocean FM. 

“What we are in the position to do is to continue to manage the economy in a way that continues to make Ireland really competitive, that makes us attractive for continued investment and as a location for the creation of jobs.”

Previously: Noonan: Income tax burden will be eased next year, Gilmore: ‘It’s too soon to speculate’

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