Finance Minister “confident” about Budget 2017

By Ciara Phelan

Michael Noonan says he is quite confident about Budget 2017 despite having a lot of different inputs from political parties.

He spoke to the media this morning after a job announcement in Limerick City stating that the Government’s big issue at the moment was the preparation of the Budget in two weeks:

Budget 2017

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan pictured today at the announcement of one hundred new jobs in Limerick City. Photo by Ciara Phelan.

“We have three Independent Ministers with separate views in the Cabinet and we have our own parliamentary party influencing budget decisions and we have Fianna Fáil supporting us from the opposition, in terms of putting a budget in place there are a lot of views that have to be taken into account.”

Asked if he is worried about Fianna Fáil and Micheál Martin knocking on his door to tell him his time is up, Noonan laughed it off saying “I don’t think Micháel Martin knows where I live.”

When asked if he had the desire to stay in cabinet until the next election he said:

“I don’t know when the next general election is so therefore I can not make a commitment to a target that nobody knows or when that target will be, I took on a job and I’m doing the job and we continue to do it.”

He also reiterated that there was “no doubt or pressure” about the twelve and a half percent tax rate and that the European Commission acknowledges the right to set tax rates is a matter for Governments and is not a competence of Europe or the European Commission.

Budget 2017 is set to be announced on October 11th.



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