Budget reflects the breadth of need in our country - Donohoe

He and Michael Noonan will reveal the budget later

Budget reflects the breadth of need in our country - Donohoe

Paschal Donohoe at a press briefing in Government Buildings | Image: RollingNews.ie

Budget 2017 will be unveiled in full by the Ministers for Finance and Public Expenditure later today.

Key features will include a helping hand for first time buyers, higher welfare and pension payments and tax cuts.

It is also set to outline the biggest health budget in the history of the State.

Working parents will benefit from a major scheme to help with the cost of childcare.

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe told reporters it has been a busy few weeks trying to put together the budget.

A group representing the elderly is calling for moves to restore the fuel and telephone allowance in the budget.

Age Action says increasing home-help services is also a priority.

Justin Moran of Age Action says the government must follow through on its promise to boost pensions.

While payments for carers should be brought up to the equivalent of the minimum wage.

That is according to Family Carers Ireland, who say restoring payments to 2009 levels in today's budget would be a first step.

Group spokesperson Catherine Cox says carers make a huge contribution to society.

And Transport Minister Shane Ross says the Independent Alliance's fingerprints are on the budget, particularly when it comes to measures for older people and Brexit.

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