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Ireland’s Lenihan Says Further Social Welfare Cuts ‘Unavoidable’

Ireland's Finance Minister Brian Lenihan
Ireland's finance minister Brian Lenihan poses for photographs holding the Irish 2011 budget document at the government buildings in Dublin. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said further cuts in the country’s social welfare spending are “unavoidable” to help push down the country’s budget deficit.

“Over the next four years, further reductions in social welfare spending are unavoidable if we are to reduce the budget deficit,” Lenihan told parliament in Dublin today, when presenting the budget for 2011. “Our number one priority for 2011 and onwards must be economic growth and maximising employment creation.”

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