Finance Minister gives no guarantees to cut VAT

Following a meeting with the Finance Minister Donegal North East Deputy Niall Blaney says he has received no guarantees from him that VAT will be reduced in next weeks budget.

Deputy Blaney met with businesses representatives last month during which he heard calls for government action on VAT rates and the general cost of doing business here.

Deptuy Blaney said he outlined those concerns to Minister Brian Lenihan and while there are now guarantees the Minister says he is will looking at ways of assisting businesses in the budget:[podcast][/podcast]