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"It's going to be a difficult budget" - Richard Bruton

The Minister for Jobs also said that Ireland has to “close the game out” while getting out of the bailout.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton
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THE MINISTER FOR Jobs says that the upcoming budget will be a tough one, but said that it is important that Ireland exit the bailout this year.

Richard Bruton said today that there had been no stalling in budget negotiations between the coalition partners.

“We are only starting the process of settling the budget, but we have made it known that we want the latest information to hand.”

Bruton warned that this year’s budget will be a difficult one as the room for savings gets less and less.

This is going to be a tough budget. Every year it gets more and more difficult because the low-hanging fruit is not there.

Bruton added that it was likely that the government would continue on the budget adjustment targets, with an eye on exiting the bailout this year.

We can get out of the bailout and as Michael Noonan says, it is important that we close out the game, in football parlance and that we can sustain a recovery.

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