THE Government’s next Budget will be delivered on either October 14 or 15, it was revealed today.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan confirmed the date for Budget 2015 - the first to be implemented following Ireland’s bailout exit.
However, Mr Noonan said a new secretary general in his department may not be appointed until July.
The position will soon lie vacant following the surprise retirement of John Moran just two years into his contract.
Mr Noonan today said he is keen to hire a replacement over the next two months due to the high level of pre-budgetary work that must be carried out.
“Now last year, because the Budget was brought forward, all our tax people had to take their holidays in July or later because they were working through August,” he said.
“So I would like a new general secretary in place in the second half of July,” he added.
Mr Noonan said the budget will be likely be delivered on October 14, but he said it could also take place the following day.
The announcement of the date for the Budget is set to spark the usual pre-budget kite-flying by government ministers.
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin today said he is confident that spending in the department of health can be brought under control.