SOCIAL Protection Minister Joan Burton claims the drop in the numbers on the dole queue is down to "my success".
The slow pace of social welfare reform, particularly in the area of job activation, is causing tensions in the Government.
Last night, Taoiseach Enda Kenny cranked up the pressure on Ms Burton to speed up reform ahead of next week's Budget.
Ms Burton says the coming drop in the numbers on the Live Register below 400,000 is down to her department's actions.
And she says Ms Burton says Mr Kenny was praising her role.
Ms Burton's efforts at tackling long term unemployment have been criticised on numerous occasions, particularly by the Troika.
Opening the Fine Gael national conference in Limerick, Mr Kenny said social welfare needed to be reformed, and said "long term unemployment has become a long term problem for Ireland".
"This is very damaging for our society and is unacceptable," Mr Kenny said.
"The fact is that without significant reform of the social welfare system Ireland could face a prolonged and unprecedented period of long unemployment so changing that system is not only desirable but is inevitable and essential."
The Taoiseach also said people must be locked out of "a range welfare traps" and the Government must "break the cycle" where generations of families fall into unemployment.
And he said "social employment clauses" should be introduced to show that work pays.