Lenihan says Budget will be ‘as fair as possible’

The Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has said that today's Budget will be as fair as possible, given the difficult economic circumstances.

Minister Lenihan will unveil his first Budget in the next hour, and he is appealing to the public and the opposition to give it a fair hearing.

With a predicted budget deficit of nearly €15bn next year, today's financial package is expected to include major cuts in spending, and tax hikes for higher earners.

But Minister Lenihan has said that he is not afraid of being judged by the difficult decisions he has made.

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