Speaking after Noonan, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin spelled out a cavalcade of 2013 cuts, benefit by benefit, service by service â¿¿ but maintained that the worst was already over for this country of 4.6 million."When I took office last year I couldn't be certain that we would, as a nation, make it through this crisis. I no longer hold that fear," Howlin told lawmakers. "What the people of Ireland have endured has been tough, almost without precedent in the developed world. That we will come through it â¿¿ and we will â¿¿ is a significant shared achievement for our people. In time, future generations will be proud that we as a people tackled this crisis head on."
Ireland Imposes 6th Straight Austerity Budget
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