Monday 22 January 2018

Kenny denies clash with Coalition partners over Budget deficit target reporters

THE Taoiseach insisted today that there is no split in the Cabinet over cut targets for the forthcoming Budget, between Labour and Fine Gael ministers.

This morning Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte repeated his view that the €3.6bn estimate should not be exceeded in December.

But Enda Kenny said ‘‘whatever it takes for them to reach the 8.6pc deficit figure’’ would be done.

At this stage, he added, it was not known what figures will be required to meet that percentage.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, Mr Rabbitte had said Cabinet negotiations on the forthcoming Budget are going to be ‘’enormously difficult’’.

And Mr Rabbitte also said it would be counter-productive - and could prove detrimental to the economy - to cut more than the €3.6bn already planned.

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