Budget 2024: Tanaiste Michael Martin promises help for ‘heating homes’ and weekly shop

Micheal Martin has promised households specific help with “heating their homes” and the “weekly shop” in the Budget on Tuesday.

Sources say this refers to energy credits and putting more money back in people’s pockets through cash payments or tax back to help them pay rising bills like groceries. The Tanaiste was speaking at the Cairde Fianna Fail President’s Dinner in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin last night as crunch Budget talks continue all weekend.

Mr Martin was accompanied by Finance Minister Michael McGrath when addressing the media and both said the talks are ongoing. Mr McGrath said he will be working all weekend with colleagues and Public Expenditure Minister, Paschal Donohoe, was “in the trenches” in working out deals with ministers coming looking for their piece of the Budget pie.

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The giveaway Budget is expected to include another cost of living package worth billions of euro, with more energy credits, welfare, one-off bonus payments and a tinkering of the tax bands that will see workers pay up to €1,000 less tax in a full year.

However, the specifics are yet to be decided. Last night Mr Martin said: “We have to take action to help families with the unique cost of living pressures they are facing.

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