Noonan: budget will be tough, but 'we need to close out the game'
on 16/09/2013 14:06:47
Michael Noonan says his primary aim is to exit the bailout programme in a convincing way by running a primary surplus.
He's also signalled he'll change the self-employed filing date for next year as budgets will always be in early October from now on.
Speaking on his way into the Fine Gael think-in this afternoon in County Laois, Michael Noonan insisted regardless of the final figure, this budget will not be easy.
"Whether it's the lesser or the more, they're all tough- that much expenditure cuts and tax increases - is a tough budget," he said.
"But what I can say to people is we're coming towards the end, and we want to keep with it now - because we're like a hurling team who is five points ahead in the last quarter."
"We need to close out the game - now's no time for slacking."