Monday 20 November 2017

Government to spread speeches on Budget pain over two days

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Budget 2012 will be split in two with two keynote speeches in the Dail by two ministers over two days.

Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin will give a speech on the spending cuts and the Government's review of all spending on Monday week, December 5, to a special Dail sitting.

His speech will set out the spending estimates for 2012 and outline the main cutbacks in each area, including social welfare, health and education.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan will deliver the traditional budget speech the following day, Tuesday, December 6, in the Dail.

Mr Noonan's speech will outline tax hikes, the fiscal picture and the economic outlook over the following 12 months.

Mr Howlin will also release background documentation related to the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure.

The Public Spending Minister's package was due to be released next week in a regular press conference format.

But the Government has now decided to put it off until after the weekend and give him his only day out in the Dail.

Irish Independent

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