Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Budget will be passed and is in nation's interest
ENDA Kenny has insisted the Budget will be passed and the decisions taken are "in the nation's interest".
The Taoiseach said the mandate given to the Government by the Irish people was to sort out the public finances.
Mr Kenny was speaking at the announcement of 100 new jobs at Nypro Healthcare in Bray.
Ahead of a protest by carers outside the Dail this lunchtime, Mr Kenny said the Budget was the "toughest" the Government will have to bring in.
"The Budget has been voted through in the Dail. It will be carried through," he said.
"Budget 2013 will put us in a position where we will measure up to the targets we have set ourselves," he added.
Mr Kenny said it would be more satisfactory if ministers were able to stand up and announce Budget increases.
But he said it was a time for "courage" and "conviction" in politics.
The Taoiseach said it was also a time for empathising with people and the changes were difficult.
"The decisions being taken by the Government are in the nation's interest," he said.
Mr Kenny will not be addressing the issue of the respite care grant issue as his spokesman said he will not be taking questions.