Cabinet set to finalise Budget today
on 13/10/2013 11:56:21
Last night, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Fine Gael National conference in Limerick it would be about investing to create jobs and exiting the bailout.
He said that the exit would take place on December 15, when the economic emergency would be over.
"I can confirm that Ireland is on track to exit the EU-IMF bailout on December 15. And we won't go back," Mr Kenny said.
"It won't mean that our financial troubles are over. Yes, there are still fragile times ahead.
"There's still a long way to go. But at last the era of the bailout will be no more. The economic emergency will be over."
The Taoiseach said that the bailout exit will herald the beginning of a freedom to choose "the kind of Ireland we want".
"The exit from the bailout is not an end in itself. In fact, it's just a beginning," he said.
"But it's the beginning of our freedom, to choose the kind of Ireland we want, for our people, for the future."
He said that Tuesday's Budget would still be tough, but would be in the interests of the people.
Today the Fine Gael Ministers will return to Dublin and meet with their Labour counterparts this evening to finalise the budget.
Difficulties remain in some area, health and social protection thought to be among them, though Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that at this stage, it is just "bits and bobs" that need to be agreed.