Wednesday 24 May 2017

Finance Minister announces Coalition's plans to reveal 'Spring Statement' on April 21

Michael Noonan
Michael Noonan

Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan

FINANCE Minister Noonan has fired one of the opening shots of the General Election, announcing the Coalition's plans to reveal its 'Spring Statement' on April 21.

The statement will outline plans to further fuel the economy recovery and is expected to detail measures that will apply over a five-year period.

While the statement will not contain a tax reform plan, Fine Gael sources say it will present a "clear picture" of the Government's intentions if it is re-elected.

Mr Noonan also reiterated his pledge to address the prospect of spiralling property tax bills after concern was raised at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting tonight.

Responding to queries by Fine Gael TD for Dublin North Alan Farrell, Mr Noonan said he is conscious that measures must be taken in the short term.

He said an independent review which be published in May and that he will take affirmative action after that.

At the Labour parliamentary party meeting, TDs were urged to dedicate all their efforts to the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum.

Communications Minister Alex White said it is important that result does not get taken for granted, despite opinion polls indicate strong support for a 'yes' vote.

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