Rabbitte defends upcoming Budget adjustment

Sunday 06 October 2013 23.28
Pat Rabbitte said the Budget was part of an attempt to help the country back on its feet
Pat Rabbitte said the Budget was part of an attempt to help the country back on its feet

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has said that although the adjustment in the upcoming Budget will be somewhat less than €3.1bn it still does not mean that it will be any easier for hard-pressed families.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Mr Rabbitte said the Budget was a Government effort to bring the country back to recovery.

He said that the only reason the Government was moving to narrow the deficit further was so Ireland could stand on its own two feet after its exit from the Troika programme.

Mr Rabbitte said Ireland had to be assured of its sovereignty in the fiscal and economic areas again.

He said the Government was not taking money out of the economy for no reason - he said it was because we have to be able to go back into the markets and borrow money again.

Meanwhile, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said the discipline shown to date in the health sector is encouraging.

Speaking on RTÉ's This Week programme, Mr Howlin said that three-quarters of the way through the year the health service was on course to meeting its deficit target in the upcoming Budget.

He also said that with three months to go to the end of the year he could not say whether there would be a need for a supplementary budget for the Department of Health.

He said every line-minister has been involved in the discipline of controlling the budget and that the Government will meet its deficit targets in the Budget.

Keywords: budget 2014