THE Taoiseach and Tanaiste have said they hoped conclusion would be reached this evening on key areas in the Budget.
Arriving separately at Government Buildings for talks by the Government's Economic Management Council, Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore said there were close to finalising details but that there was still more work to be done.
Mr Kenny said they had "a lot of discussion to get through" but that this is a "collective decision" and that they would be going through all the details.
Asked if it would be a Budget that the Labour Party would be happy with, Mr Gilmore said this will be a Budget that will be "agreed by government and obviously both parties will have to be satisfied with it"., He said the Budget was going to be about "economic recovery" and expected that it will "enable Ireland to exit the bailout".
The country was beginning to see recovery and jobs created so the Government wants that to be excelerated and hoped measures in the budget will encourage investment, growth and the creation of jobs, he said.
"The stage we're at now is we're finalising details of the Budget," Mr Gilmore said.
"Obviously there's some work to be done on that yet. Sometimes it's when you get to the very end of the process that's when some of the more difficult issues have to be resolved. But I am confident we will make progress this evening."
Asked whether the Social Protection issues would prove difficult, He said "all of the areas have involved a lot of discussion".
There would be a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning to finalise the remanding issues, he added.
He revealed said they have been working on the issue of health funding for some time, with "a lot of work done over the weekend and today".
"We will have to wait to see where we are this evening but there's been quite a lot of work done," he said.
Meanwhile in reply to a comment earlier made by the Taoiseach about there being a "weariness" amongst the public when it comes to the holding of referendums, Mr Gilmore said there are referendums that will be required to be held arising from the Constitutional Convention.
They will be looking at how they could manage to hold them, he said, conceding that there had been "a lot" held over the past couple of years and adding: "I don't think we could have a referendum every six months."