Joan Burton said the Government had inherited the IMF programme, which set out fiscal targets to 2016

IMF spending reduction no longer required - Burton

17.14 A €750m spending reduction pencilled in for 2015 under the IMF bailout programme has been "taken off the table" ahead of the Budget, according to Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton.

A protest outside Irish Water headquarters earlier today

Ministers to pay water charges on second homes

16.05 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to bring forward an amendment that will prevent ministers from claiming water charges as a deductible expense for a second home which they require for their official duties.