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Ireland's finance minister expects two billion euro in extra health spending

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaks during an interview with Reuters at the Ministry of Finance in Dublin

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's finance minister told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that extra spending in the health department to deal with the coronavirus crisis will amount to up to 2 billion euros, a government spokesman said.

Minister Paschal Donohoe said last week that Ireland was set to run a considerable budget deficit this year as a result of the economic shock. He told his cabinet colleagues that the state would be able to fund the deficit, the spokesman added.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)