Ministers are expected to discuss the timeframe for the Budget when they meet on Monday.

An announcement to bring forward the Budget is expected to be made in tandem with the publication of the Summer Economic Statement, which will go to Cabinet early next week.

The coalition had been preparing for what is being billed as a cost of living Budget to be announced in the second week in October.

But amid relentless pressure to deal with rising inflation, it is now considering bringing that forward to an earlier date.

Government sources caution that no decision has been made, but the last week in September is seen as a likely window allowing enough time for preparation of the Budget, while responding to the strains that people are feeling with rising costs.

The Government will publish its Summer Economic Statement, which will outline what funds are available in the autumn Budget, next week after it is agreed by Cabinet.

It is understood the document is expected to go to Cabinet on Monday morning, before it is published later that afternoon, or on Tuesday.

The half yearly Exchequer returns, which detail the amount of income taken in by the State between January and June, are also due to be published at this time.

A spokesperson for Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe confirmed the publication dates of both documents.

Public, political and business interest over when the documents will be released has intensified in recent weeks due to the deepening cost of living crisis impacting households across the country.

How much money the Summer Economic Statement and half yearly Exchequer returns say is available is likely to gain further attention next week.

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Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for immediate financial help for people, while the Government has said it wants to wait until the autumn Budget in order to best time when to intervene in the cost of living crisis.

Government officials say that while an earlier Budget would give people help quicker, any supports announced may fall short of what is needed if the cost of living crisis gets worse later in the year.

Asked about reports that the budget could be brought forward by a number of weeks and when the summer economic statement will be published, a spokesperson for Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said: "There has been no decision taken by the Government on the date for the budget.

"The focus is on preparing the summer economic statement which will be brought to cabinet and published next week.

"This is a key part of the budgetary process and will set out the Government's medium term budgetary strategy."

Earlier, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said he would not object if the Budget was moved to "the September period" instead of October.

He said it was a matter for the Cabinet to decide next week, but said he would not go for what the Opposition is calling for "and doing it today".

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, the Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications said it is going to be a difficult autumn and winter because there is a strong possibility that Russia will use the flow of gas and turn it off in a deliberate way to try to put pressure on the European Union.

He said the measures in the Budget do need to be targeted as much as possible to protect those at risk from fuel poverty.

Asked about a call from Minister of State Joe O'Brien on increases in pension and social welfare payments in the autumn, Mr Ryan said there is also a category of people who are working and who also need support and "that sort of sophisticated targeting is, I think, where we need to go".

Mr Ryan said he believes the Government needs to make sure that those at risk of fuel poverty are protected most, and that includes a range of people who are not reliant on social welfare payments.

He added that "you don't do the Budget three months in advance", but in partnership with Government colleagues.

Additional reporting Fiachra Ó Cionnaith