first_imgTaoiseach Enda Kenny has pre-announced this week’s budgets with a series of stiff measures, telling the country about a series of cuts during a TV address tonight.Mr Kenny said the country is spending €16 billion a year more than it is taking in.Public spending must be cut by €2.2 billion with 23,000 civil servants being axed over the next three years. Income tax will stay the same – but indirect extra taxes will raise €1.6 billion. VAT will jump to 23% and motor tax will be upped.Mr Kenny said Budget 2012 “will be tough”, and that “it has to be”.The Taoiseach also said 50 quangos will be abolished or merged with other organisations – and he will go ahead with a referendum to abolish the Seanad next year.The mistakes which brought the country to this point “must never be allowed to happen again” he said. Former Taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen will lose perks like mobile phones and staff, he said.Meanwhile Transport and Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar, asked for a response to revelations in the Mail on Sunday that Mr Kenny had sanctioned a €35,000 increase for one of his special advisors, he said: “What the government has done….is to reduce pay for ministers and to reduce pay for advisors and a lot of money has been saved for the taxpayer by introducing those measures.”“In a few cases, increases have been given where somebody has come from the private sector, or from outside the political system or the civil service system, and is effectively taking a pay cut in order to take up their new job.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTAOISEACH ADDRESSES THE NATION: €2.2B CUTS, €1.6B TAXES, 23,000 JOBS AXED, 50 QUANGOS CUT, was last modified: December 4th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:000 JOBS AXED2350 QUANGOS CUTaddress to the nationEnda KennyTAOISEACH ADDRESSES THE NATION: €2.2B CUTS€1.6B TAXESlast_img

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