Burton: Health remains sticking point in Budget talks

Burton: Health remains sticking point in Budget talks

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has said that the remaining sticking points in Budget negotiations relate to health, and not cuts to her department.

However, Minister Burton also said that broad agreement has been met in many of the areas under examination.

Her comments come ahead of a Cabinet meeting this afternoon, where Ministers are hoping to iron out their differences on Budget negotiations. Health and welfare cuts are understood to be proving most divisive.

Minister Burton hopes the meeting will focus on the issue of fairness, adding that her Department has met most of its targets ahead of Wednesday's announcement.

"There are still a lot of issues to be discussed in relation to health," she said.

"Certainly in relation to social welfare, we have targets that we have to meet, and we have completed the vast bulk of the work and I would understand today that the conversation today won't just be about health, there'll probably be some conversation about social protection, but I'm hoping also to look at ways in which the social protection investment will be ued to generate growth and employment.

"That's my big concern."

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