Budget 2014: Bruton bullish about Budget 2013
Minister Richard Bruton says the budget will boost jobs, and denies it put too much of a focus on property again.
The signs for Ireland's business community had been ominous. Michael Noonan, the Minister for Finance, had signalled that the special 9 per cent Vat rate for the hospitality would not be maintained. The chatter in government circles, meanwhile, was that PRSI on self-employed workers would be increased, while Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was to be hiked.
In the end, much to the relief of struggling Irish firms, none of this happened. Instead, Budget 2014 was carefully...
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