TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says the Government plans to follow through on the cuts announced in yesterday's Budget, despite the backlash over some measures.
The Government is coming under increasing pressure to reverse the decision on the cuts to respite care grant.
Mr Kenny said "none of the choices" were easy but the Budget is now "gone through".
"It is the intention of the Government to carry through the Budget," he said.
Speaking after a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Mr Kenny said the Budget would the toughest of the Government's term in office.
Secretary Clinton gave a ringing endorsement to how Ireland has been dealing with the financial crisis.
She paid tribute to the sacrifices people had gone through.
Mrs Clinton said the Irish approach was "getting up every day and getting the job done".
She said the United States is confident in our economy, as evidenced by the continued investment by American companies.
"Don't just take our word for it, take our investors actions."