DUBLIN — Ireland has unveiled the harshest budget measures in its history, a four-year plan to claw back $20 billion using spending cuts and extra taxes.
The plan hopes to cut €10 billion ($13.3 billion) from spending and raise €5 billion ($6.7 billion) in extra taxes to combat Europe's worst deficit.
The government's long-awaited austerity plan is a prerequisite for Ireland to get an EU-IMF loan estimated to total €85 billion ($115 billion).
Ireland hopes the tough medicine will permit its 2014 deficit to fall to 3 percent of gross domestic product, the euro-zone limit. Ireland's deficit this year is forecast to reach 32 percent, a modern European record.