The government will consider budgetary measures, which will come into force immediately

Tanaist Leo Varadkar said the government would consider budgetary measures to deal with the cost-of-living crisis that would take effect immediately.

r Varadkar said the government is evaluating what measures can be implemented right now within the budget package to be announced in October.

The Fine Gael leader said he did not rule out more measures to help households in need of money, but said they had no concrete plans until budget day.

The government has been under constant pressure to do more to ease the financial pressure on families and households, but it has resisted calls for an emergency budget.

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The report showed that the number of Irish households estimated to be in energy poverty exceeded 29% (David Jones/Pennsylvania).

The report says that the number of Irish households in energy poverty has exceeded 29%.

According to a study by the Institute for Economic and Social Research (ESRI), recent energy inflation has increased the share of households in energy poverty to 29.4%.

Speaking in Dublin on Thursday, Mr Varadkar said the government was considering what measures could come into effect from budget date.

“One thing we’re actually looking at right now is to see what measures we could take right away so we don’t have to wait until January for all of them to go into effect,” he added.

“We did it in the previous budget. So we are now looking into which measures we could implement immediately, which will come into effect in January, and which will come into effect later this year.”

He also defended the government’s handling of the cost-of-living crisis, saying the measures taken since January have helped society.

We do not rule out temporary measures, but at the moment we are planning a budget day, which is only about three months away.Leo Varadkar

“If we didn’t do what we did, gasoline and diesel would be 20-15 cents higher today, you wouldn’t get two or three hundred euros from your electricity bill, pensions and benefits would be lower, and income tax would be higher “, he said.

“I think we have done a lot. Unfortunately, we do not control energy prices.

“But we can help and have already helped with 2.4 billion euros. We intend to help a little more in the budget in three months. We do not rule out temporary measures, but at the moment the plan is budget day, which is only about three months away.

He added: “Another area where I would like to take action is childcare because many middle-income families, working families spend a lot of money on childcare and this actually prevents some people from entering the labor market. .

“So it makes a lot of economic sense.

“We plan to take additional steps to help people pay the cost of living, and this will happen on the day of budgeting, not excluding some interim actions, but not specifically planned.

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Tanaist Leo Varadkar says the government does not rule out further action to tackle the cost of living crisis (Damien Storan/PA)

“I understand the calls for an emergency budget, but I’d say we’ve actually done it already.”

Mr Varadkar said the government will monitor the cost of living during the summer months.

“Electricity bills, fuel bills, electricity bills really hit hard in the fall and winter and so we think October is the best time to intervene further, but we will continue to monitor how things are going,” he added. .

“We understand the impact this has on household income.

“A lot of people are really feeling the need, and some people are having a really hard time paying their bills right now and having to make very difficult choices about where they spend their money.”