Sunday 25 February 2018

John Drennan: Howlin rules out further budget to meet troika goals

JOHN DRENNAN

THE Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has emphatically ruled out the possibility of a mini-budget in the new year.

In the wake of stark third-quarter figures about growth in the Irish economy, speculation had been growing that a further mini-budget would be required in the new year to ensure Ireland remained compliant with the targets set out by the troika.

Mr Howlin, however, decisively ruled out such a move. Speaking to the Sunday Independent he said "the one thing this Government wants to do" in what he described as "an era of extraordinarily tight resources" is to "give people certainty''.

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