Updated: 06/10/16 : 12:32:27
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Budget 2017 still under discussion

A significant amount of discussion has yet to take place ahead of Budget 2017, according to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Paschal Donohoe said this morning he remains confident the Budget will pass next week.

RTÉ reports that speaking in Dublin, Mr Donohoe said he believed it would be "fair for Ireland and would make significant progress towards addressing the many challenges and opportunities facing families" across Ireland.

Asked if it was being shaped entirely by Fianna Fáil, the minister said Government had to frame Budget 2017 in a "new political context" which included commitments made in the framework for government with the "main Opposition party".

He said that not all of these targets or any targets would be achieved in one budget but across a number of budgets.

Asked about childcare and suggestions of cuts to the Universal Social Charge, Mr Donohoe he said he could not comment on specifics that would be included in the Budget announcement on Tuesday.

In relation to public sector pay, Mr Donohoe said there were a "variety" of public sector wage issues, but the Lansdowne Road Agreement remained in place and in many sectors the agreement had delivered for those still inside it, such as the INTO.