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Pictured are from left: Conn Murray, CEO, Limerick City and County Council, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D and Councillor Stephen Keary, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick. Image: Sean Curtin True Media.

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D. was in Limerick on Friday last as part of a regional programme to discuss Budget 2018.

During his visit, which is took place in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council, Minister Donohoe presented the key outcomes of Budget 2018 and listened to the views of local business groups, organisations and networks.

The Budget 2018 briefing in Limerick took place in Corporate Headquarters, Merchant’s Quay, where Minister Donohoe addressed an audience of invited guests.

Speaking ahead of the event Minister Donohoe said, “Budget 2018 will see Ireland broadly balance our books for the first time in a decade. This is a significant milestone in the long and difficult journey that we, as a nation, have made. Despite the fact that we have made such progress, there are still many risks on the horizon. So too are there many opportunities ahead. It is up to us to ensure that we are in a position to avail of them. That is why the approach we take to our management of the economy and how we provide for society, now and in the coming years, is so important”.

“Ireland- and Limerick – has changed so much in recent years. Nationally, unemployment is at the lowest level in a decade, we are managing the public finances in a careful and considered way and the ship is steady once again. Now is the time to turn our attention to planning for the future. By adopting a sensible approach to spending and investing in the infrastructure we need, we will ensure that we are well equipped for what lies ahead. Through affordable increases in spending we will deliver better health and education outcomes; make sure that work is rewarded, that appropriate housing is provided and that there are more nurses, doctors and Gardaí employed to meet the needs of our growing economy and society.

“Coming to Limerick this week allows me to hear first-hand what the people have to say. We are in a good place now but there is still more that we have to achieve. I am optimistic about our future and have delivered a Budget designed to safeguard our finances, promote fairness, provide sustained improvements in people’s lives and make sensible and long-term investments that will benefit us now and into the future. I look forward to engaging with the local businesses and organisations in Limerick in a bid to discuss their future plans and hopes for our country.”