January 18, 2019 / 10:44 AM / a month ago

Ireland expects to run a larger budget surplus in 2019 vs 2018 - PM

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) and Defence Minister Leo Varadkar attends a news conference after a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland expects to run a larger budget surplus this year than the small one it posted in 2018, as long as the economy is not seriously impacted by Brexit, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday.

“Last year we ran a budget surplus for the first time since 2007 and all things going reasonably well with Brexit, we plan to run a bigger surplus in 2019 again,” Varadkar said in a speech.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin, Editing by Paul Sandle

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