Finance Minister names date for Budget

Michael Noonan has confirmed that the next Budget will "probably" be delivered on October 14.

“The Budget will probably be on the14th of October this year – 14th of 15th, but most likely it will be the 14th,” he said.

Speaking this morning, the Minister for Finance said he hoped a new secretary-general could be appointed in his Department by mid-July to begin the planning for Budget day.

“Now last year, because the Budget was brought forward, all out tax people had to take their holidays in July or later because they were working through August,” he said.

“So I would like a new gen sec in place in the second half of July.”

The current secretary-general John Moran announced his retirement last week, only two years into the job.

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