With money in the bank and windfall gains to the public finances, the government set out to reward workers and encourage further spending in the economy.

With just days to go before the budget for 2007, the Minister for Finance is now in a position to be more generous with the forthcoming budget. There has been a €4.9 Billion improvement in public finances compared to the budget target for the year.

Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, speaking to RTÉ News about these windfall gains says he plans to reward work in the budget and ensure that workers benefit from the positive public finances.  An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern describes the public finances as the culmination of good economic management.