The economy and Tuesday's Budget have topped the agenda of the Fine Gael party conference held in Limerick city.
Up to 2,000 delegates attended the second day of the two-day conference.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told delegates next week's Budget will be vital in positioning Ireland towards exiting the bailout.
He said that the Budget will target a small primary surplus, which will put our debt trajectory on a downward path.
At the end of his speech, he said that people "will be astounded" at all the good things that will be in the Budget.
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said history will record this Budget as the one that allowed us to regain our sovereignty.
During her address to delegates, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald reaffirmed the Government's commitment to protecting children and said reforms are putting right Ireland's shameful legacy in the area.
She also stressed the importance of the introduction of a second free pre-school year.
She said that would represent €2,500 to €3,000 worth of free childcare to parents.