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Taoiseach: People need to see economy improvement in their cheques


Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says the government is anxious for people to feel the benefits of the improving economy not only in their daily lives, but also in their cheques.

Mr Kenny today said he is determined to ensure families are given hope in 2015 after enduring seven years of austerity.

Speaking ahead of this morning's Cabinet meeting on jobs, Mr Kenny said ministers will work towards giving more money back to people in the budget later this year.

And he claimed some people have contacted the government expressing surprise over some of the tax cuts delivered this month.

"I'm hopeful that we can give everybody hope in the country here. This is the first budget in seven years where some money was given back to people. And we hope to continue that flexibility in the time ahead as prepare for budget 2016," the Taoiseach said.

"But we are very anxious to see that the benefits of a rising economy are spread throughout the country and people can see that in their daily lives, but also in their cheques which is very important when the payment comes.

It was great to see, last week, some people contacting us and saying 'Well I'm not sure whether it was a mistake or not, but I seem to have got extra money in this last payment'. We want to continue that. "

Among the issues due to discussed at Cabinet are the government's action plan for jobs, as well as childcare, planning and housing matters.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald will brief her colleagues on the growing threat of homegrown terrorism in light of last week's atrocities in Paris. Ms Fitzgerald met Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan yesterday as EU states remains on high alert.

Meanwhile, talks around the restoration of public sector pay are expected to be begin in the Spring, according to minister Brendan Howlin.

The Labour Party politician said public servants at the higher scale have taken three pay cuts and that talks with unions will be at the forefront of the government's agenda in 2015.

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