Security operation underway in Sligo where Cabinet is meeting today

A major security operation is underway in Co Sligo where the Cabinet is meeting today. Government buildings Garda units including the helicopter and public order unit are now operating around the grounds of Lissadell House – where Ministers are meeting to begin the process of deciding the size of the next Budget. Also on the agenda are childcare costs and new laws giving adopted people the right to a birth cert. Today s meeting is the first time the Cabinet has gathered outside Dublin since the coalition came to power in 2011 – and the last before all parties go into General Election mode after the summer recess. Dozens of armed, mounted and public order gardaí are in place around Lissadell Houes in Sligo which is now in lockdown. While the Ministers inside will begin the process of deciding on exactly how close to 1-point-5 billion euro in tax cuts and spending increases will be in Budget 2016. The inter-departmental review on the cost of childcare will also be up for discussion – as well as new laws giving 50-thousand adopted people the right to a birth cert – and early talks on the new Sexual Offences Bill.