Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (77)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

77. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Finance his views on whether overall budget 2014 projections will be met; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15670/14]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

In relation to the targets set out in Budget 2014, I am confident, on the basis of what I have seen to date, we will achieve the targets set out in Budget 2014. As the Deputy will be aware, this Government has met all of its targets to date and has achieved substantial progress in setting the public finances and the economy back on the road to good health and this has been acknowledged by the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and most economic commentators. My Department will publish updated macroeconomic and budgetary forecasts in April in the Stability Programme Update. These will take account of the latest economic and fiscal data and will give updated deficit projection over the forecast horizon.