Burton resists next year's cuts

Divisions between the government parties on the €3 billion budget due later this year are emerging already.

13th April, 2013
Protesters march against austerity in Dublin yesterday where European finance ministers were meeting. Labour resistance to another austerity budget is already emerging. Photo: Barry Cronin

Divisions between the government parties on the €3 billion budget due later this year are emerging already, with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton telling party colleagues that she will not implement proposed cuts of €440 million to her budget next year.

Burton is likely to receive the backing of Labour TDs and ministers, according to high-ranking sources with knowledge of discussions on the subject.

Fine Gael, however, is extremely nervous about relaxing budget discipline...

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