The Coalition leaders have concluded a meeting on the upcoming Budget.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Micheál Martin and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan were joined by Minister for Finance Michael McGrath and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe.

No statement was issued after the discussions.

More in-depth talks will take place in the run-up to Budget 2024 on 10 October.

Earlier this summer, the Government announced that the Budget would be in the order of at least €6.4 billion.

There will be an additional multi-billion euro package of once-off measures to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, but probably less than last year's €4 billion total.

Earlier, the Cabinet Committee on Health met to discuss the health allocation in Budget 2024, against a projected €1 billion overspend this year.

A source described the Cabinet Committee on Health as a "good productive meeting".

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said there were three main causes for the overrun - spending that should not be happening within the HSE; health care inflation; and a higher expected than level of patient demand.

The significant budgetary overruns in the HSE are understood to have led to rising tension between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure.

Also up for discussion at the Coalition leader's meeting was likely to be proposed changes to the highest tax rate, reducing the USC as well as a debate on whether to extend a lower VAT rate on gas and electricity, which is due to expire in October.