Political demands, as ever, are shaping the budget. Here are ten of the most pressing issues that must be resolved before the big day.
The government is facing a tougher challenge to pass the budget's social welfare measures following the election of Gerard Craughwell to the Seanad.
The health service will publish more detailed information about patient waiting lists by the end of this year.
The electorate have used the Dáil by-elections to send a clear message to the government and the two main opposition parties
UPDATE: The HSE is set to dramatically improve the level of transparency about patient waiting lists, Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said.
The number of county librarians is set to be reduced under new plans to lower the cost of local government.
Government fears abuse of Irish Water's honesty-based system for capping water charges for people with medical conditions
The blame game over the Imma board controversy continues to rumble on