SIPTU has called on the Government to use the €1bn saved by the promissory note deal to soften tax cuts in Budget 2014.

SIPTU President Jack O’Connor said the Government must "abandon the misery of one-sided austerity and launch a stimulus plan for jobs and growth".

He was speaking at a meeting in Wexford last night.

Mr O'Connor also called for the establishment of a fund to help people who are at risk of losing their family homes.