Government ministers are admitting tough decisions must be taken in order to deal with economic realities.
Their comments came ahead of a Cabinet meeting at Farmleigh to discuss preparations for December’s Budget.
Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said today’s meeting was the start of a long process.
He said that the difference between income and expenditure could not continue.
He said that the long budgetary process started with decisions being made early, but he added that as time goes on the cuts would come ‘closer to the bone’.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said a range of options would be put before Cabinet today.
He said every year the Cabinet works hard on the Budget and that would continue. Mr Martin added that every Department must identify areas in which it can save money.
Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Mary Hanafin said today’s meeting was an important part of the budgetary process. She said it is, as yet, too early to make decisions, but that tough decisions need to be made.
Ms Hanafin insisted the decisions must happen in the context of creating employment.
Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith said a lot of decisions need to be made and detailed discussions will take place between now and Budget day.
Asked if the outcome of today’s meeting and the next Budget would mean pain for the public and Government departments, Green Party minister Eamon Ryan said ‘let’s see, we will get there’.
Today’s meeting was due to begin with an overview from Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan.
The Government needs to axe €3bn from spending, €1bn from the capital programme with the lion’s share of the balance coming from cuts rather than tax hikes.
December will not see a property tax but what sources were calling ‘novel approaches’ in the capital tax area were not being ruled out even though all concerned realise the scope for significant revenue there is limited.
There will be no announcements at Farmleigh today. The meeting is expected to continue until after 5pm.
How long more are we the Irish public going to tolerate these incompetent baboons at best running our country?
Not one of the departments’s projections has been right. (Department of Finance)
All we can expect is more taxes and lies!
How do the politicians and bureaucrats, perceive the citizenry? Paying lip service to their role as “public servants,” especially at election time, public officials, in reality, scoff at any such notion. In their eyes, the citizens are means, not ends, which exist solely to ensure the preservation of the bureaucracy.
This philosophical perspective — that the citizen is merely a “cog in the wheel” which can, and will, be sacrificed for the greater good of the bureaucracy
The civil bureaucracy exercises ever-increasing control over the lives and wealth of the citizenry.
Are we are now going to continue to allow these economic terrorists destroy the rest of our country’s wealth for the sake of Toxic banks and dodgy developers ,whom by the way Fine Gael is just as cosy with it would appear ?
We the people are soverne and not the over bloated individuals that clam to be servants of the people
We need to rid ourselves of these leaches and incompetent bureaucrats once and for all