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Irish Near Bailout ‘End-Game’ With Less Austerity in Budget

Ireland will today unveil its final budget before becoming the first country in the euro region to exit a bailout program, with the government planning to scale back austerity to foster economic growth.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin will detail 2.5 billion euros ($3.4 billion) of tax increases and spending cuts for 2014 in speeches that start at 2:30 p.m. in the Dublin parliament.