Wednesday 24 January 2018

Earlier date for Budget day not being ruled out

Fionnan Sheahan

TAOISEACH Brian Cowen dropped another hint yesterday that the Government is planning to bring forward the date of the Budget.

At the moment, the four-year budgetary plan is due to be published in mid-November, with Budget 2010 on December 7.

There are concerns that the gap of three weeks will prompt intense lobbying of ministers and backbench TDs to reverse decisions.

Coalition sources say there is a logic to closing the gap -- by moving the four-year plan back by a week and bringing the Budget forward.

When asked again about the speculation around the dates, Mr Cowen said there was no change planned "as we speak" -- but he didn't rule out the possibility.

"The Government have made a decision, as you know, to bring forward a four-year plan by mid-November and to have our budget on December 7. Those are the government decisions that are in place. I am indicating to you what the government position is and I'm not involved in any change on that position, as we speak," Mr Cowen said.

Irish Independent

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