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Irish finance minister says on track to meet 2017 fiscal targets
July 4, 2017 / 4:52 PM / 5 months ago

Irish finance minister says on track to meet 2017 fiscal targets

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is on track to hit its fiscal targets for the year, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Tuesday after his department announced a fiscal surplus for the first six months of the year.

FILE PHOTO: Irish Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe speaks during an interview with Reuters at the Ministry of Finance in Dublin, Ireland September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Ireland collected slightly less tax than expected in the first half of the year, but expenditure was also lower than planned.

“At the mid-point of the year the healthy tax performance is now largely on target, while expenditure remains within expectations,” Donohoe said in a statement. “This means that we are currently on track to meet our fiscal targets for 2017.”

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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