Taoiseach Brian Cowen said no-one can be sheltered from a plan for national recovery as he unveiled the extent of spending cuts in the new four-year budget.
"It's to bring certainty for our people," Mr Cowen said. "It's to ensure that they have hope for the future.
"To let them know that while we have a challenging time ahead, we can and will pull through, as we have in the past."
Mr Cowen said the plan would see workers facing the sort of taxes they paid in 2006, while the Government would oversee spending levels similar to 2007.
"It's a time for us to pull together as a people. It's a time to confront these challenges and do so in a united way," the Taoiseach said.