FAMILIES have yet to feel "any sense of change in their lives" after three years under the coalition government, the Taoiseach has conceded.
However, Enda Kenny pledged that the Government will pursue a "relentless" campaign of job creation throughout the next year – particularly focused on the construction sector.
Both the Taoiseach and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore claimed that 60pc of the measures they pledged before coming to power have either been delivered or are at an advanced stage.
Detail on the economic progress of the country was delivered in their annual assessment of the Programme for Government.
Eamon Gilmore said that easing pressure on families in 2014 will be a top priority for the government, indicating that positive tax measures will be in the next budget.
"For too long in our country, people have been living with a fear of the future. Fear for their families' future. Our focus now, in 2014, is ensuring that nothing puts recovery at risk, and in making the choices that ensure people can plan for the future again, with hope," he said.
Opposition TDs slammed the announcement as a spin exercise and accused the government of acting like a "cynical vehicle for self-congratulatory speeches".