'Goodbye showtime, hello stability': Enda Kenny insists Budget spend is capped at €1.5bn

'Goodbye showtime, hello stability': Enda Kenny insists Budget spend is capped at €1.5bn

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned that all demands cannot be met in next month's Budget.

Addressing a business leaders' dinner in Dublin last night, Enda Kenny repeated the maximum extra money available for spending and for tax cuts in the October 13 Budget is €1.5bn.

He said Fine Gael would set out a five-year plan for the next Government including tax cuts, reform of welfare, improvements in childcare and cutting unemployment to 6%.

Mr Kenny said there would be no return to spending money to buy votes.

"It's goodbye showtime, hello stability," he said. "It may not be as glamorous as some might like, but it's definitely far more sensible.

"This requires difficult choices. (There are) huge demands on the taxpayer in this country."

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