Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan
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Irish bailout: Brian Lenihan says cuts 'our work alone'

A lower minimum wage and cuts to benefits are some of the measures being taken in Ireland to reduce the nation's deficit by 15bn euros over the next four years.

The cuts were announced following the arrival of a team of EU and IMF officials in Dublin for talks regarding a bail-out worth about 85bn euros.

Finance minister Brian Lenihan denied any changes had been made to the plan since their arrival, saying "the plan is our work and our work alone".

  • 24 Nov 2010
  • From the section Europe