The Tánaiste has said the introduction of a new 30% income tax band in next month's budget is "just an option and has only ever been an option".

The idea, which has been met with some opposition, was first mooted by the Tánaiste.

Speaking in Monaghan today, Leo Varadkar said the move hasn’t been considered by government yet and there has been no substantive discussion at this stage.

On the budget next month, the Tánaiste said there is a very long list of options, but no promises have been yet.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has said she would want to be an "octopus to hold down all the kites that are being flown at the minute" in relation to the Budget.

Minister Humphreys would not speculate on details of the social protection package saying there's no point giving people information that’s not correct.