Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has told his party's TDs and senators that he wants to see the 20% reduction to public transport fares to be made permanent.

The special parliamentary party meeting was held to discuss the Budget in October.

Mr Varadkar said first time buyers saving for a deposit should be able to avail of a grant of up to €30,000.

He added building more homes including social, cost rental and affordable homes would help lower rents.

The Fine Gael leader said there should be a cut in childcare costs, reduced student fees and more student grants.

He added that excise on petrol and diesel should be kept low while more people should be given free GP care while the cost of medicines should be lowered.

He said there should be increased payments for pensioners, carers, people with disabilities and the vulnerable.

He said he wanted to see people keep more money from any pay increases they receive.

The Tánaiste also pointed out the avaerage full time worker earns more than €40,000 and would see 52% of any potential salary rise go in tax.

He added he wanted to see those workers keep most of any pay increase they could get.

He said putting more money back in people's pockets had to be a priority in the Budget.