Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that confidence is coming back into the Irish economy.
Labour has today denied that party leader Eamon Gilmore plans to remove any of the six rebel TDs and Senators from the party.
Labour could be set to lose another member of its Parliamentary Party today.
Deputy leader of the Labour Party Joan Burton has said that she regrets the decision of former Party Chairman Colm Keaveney to vote against the Budget. T.
The Galway East TD Colm Keaveney has voted against the social welfare bill.
TDs and Ministers will vote later on whether to implement some of the most controversial cuts to social welfare payments announced in the Budget.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that Labour TDs have described the Budget as "a disaster for them".
Hundreds of family carers are heading to the Dáil this afternoon to voice their outrage at Budget 2013.
Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has said that Budget 2013 is as balanced and fair as it can be.
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said today that rebel Labour backbenchers knew from the start how tough the recent Budget was going to be.
The chairman of the Labour Party has called on the Government to row back on cuts to child benefit announced in Budget 2013.
The Pyrite Action Group has said the property tax announced in the Budget "adds insult to injury" for homeowners who bought affected homes during the boom.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said his party would table a motion of no confidence in the Government next week.
About 3,500 jobs are to be cut from the health service next year.
SIPTU has said the Government can generate €125m extra for the exchequer next year through the earlier introduction of a new tax on high-value pensions.
European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton said today that the Government has no choice but to proceed with implementing the Budget.
The Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar says he does not believe there are any mistakes in the budget.
Former Labour Junior Minister Roisín Shortall believes Budget 2013 will be very damaging for the party.
Around 100 family carers will gather outside the Dáil this afternoon to protest over the cut to their respite care grant.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is indicating there will not be any U-turn on the issue of respite care grants.
The Government's under increasing pressure to reverse the €325 cut to the respite care grant announced in yesterday's Budget.
The Minister for Transport says the Budget 'isn't an a la carte menu'.
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte has today refused to deal with calls for a reversal of the cut to respite care grants, which he has described as "modest".
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has today defended €3.5bn in austerity cuts and tax hikes announced in yesterday's Budget.
Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said that it is very difficult to be a Labour Minister during austerity, but his party has defended the most vulnerable "with some very great success"
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has admitted that yesterday's Budget will make the Coalition "even more unpopular than we already are".
Students' representatives have accused the Government of going against their promises to support life-long learning..
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has moved to calm nervous Labour backbenchers, who are worried that taxes on wealth have not featured enough in the Budget.
In the latest austerity onslaught, just weeks before Christmas, the Government has cut child benefits, tripled prescription charges and rubber-stamped the hugely-controversial property tax.
No backbenchers have defected on the first vote in Budget 2013.
The Irish Pharmacy Union has reacted angrily to the announcement to treble the cost of prescription fees for patients and also to cut the professional fees to community pharmacists in the Budget.
Michael Noonan’s measured, almost subdued tone belied some swingeing blows for families, wealthier older people and workers in Budget 2013.
The first vote on Budget 2013 is underway in the Dáil.
The Vintners Federation of Ireland has said 10c increase on the price of a pint will cost up to 10,000 jobs in the sector.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says the cuts and new taxes announced in today's budget will have an effect on the Croke Park extension talks.
The Social Protection Minister Joan Burton is rejecting claims Budget 2013 is anti-women and anti-children.
Some scuffles have broken out this evening between protestors and Gardaí at Leinster House.
Twenty thousand pensioners are to lose their full medical card and receive a GP visit card instead.
Irish Farmers Association president John Bryan said the measures in Budget 2013, including changes to PRSI, will put some farmers out of business.
The Small Firms Association have welcomed the fact that the Government has not increased the direct cost of employment to employers, but expressed concern at the elimination of the employer redundancy rebate.
Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty said the budget implements the same failed policies that were seen when Fianna Fáil were in power.
Director General of business group IBEC Danny McCoy has welcoming the budget saying the Government should be congratulated.
Fianna Fáil is accusing the Labour Party of capitulating to Fine Gael demands by not increasing tax on those with high incomes.
Ireland is emerging from its economic crisis, Finance Minister Michael Noonan declared as Budget 13, the sixth austerity budget in a row, got underway.
Minister Brendan Howlin has announced an end to the unvouched expenses system.
There will be no cuts to weekly social welfare payments.
Minister Brendan Howlin said the Department of Jobs budget will be above half a billion euro and an additional €139m will be available for Enterprise Ireland.
An additional €1bn in cuts to the pay and pensions bill must be achieved, Minister Brendan Howlin said.
There will be an increase across all catergories of motor tax and VRT.
There will be an increase of 10c on a pint of beer or cider from midnight, a hike of 10c on a measure of spirits and a bottle of wine will be €1 extra.
The household charge will cease from January 2013.
The property tax will be in effect from July 1 2013, Minister Noonan said.
Minister Michael Noonan has abolished the weekly PRSI allowance for workers, increasing the minimum level of annual contribution from the self-employed from €253 to €500.
Ireland's new estimate deficit will be 8.2% - well inside the 8.6% limit in the Troika agreement, Minister Noonan said.
Minister Michael Noonan has confirmed the lower 9% VAT rate is to remain for 2013.
Minister Michael Noonan is bringing forward a 10 point tax plan for Small and Medium Enterprises.
Minister Michael Noonan is on his feet and has started delivering his speech for Budget 2013.
As Ireland braces itself for its sixth austerity budget since the economic crisis began, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to protect frontline services and the vulnerable.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today that the only alternative to the property tax in today's Budget is to increase income tax.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that there will be "loads of good things" in today's Budget.