The Taoiseach has said he is "very anxious" that the public starts to feel the economic recovery in their pay cheques.
Enda Kenny was speaking ahead of the first Cabinet meeting of the year which will focus on job creation and the economy.
Earlier, the Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said he hoped to open discussions on public sector pay in the second quarter.
Mr Kenny said he wanted to give everybody hope for the year ahead.
"We're very anxious to see that the benefits of a rising economy are spread throughout the country and that people can see that in their daily lives and in their (pay)cheques," he said.
"It was great to see people contacting us last week to say they were not sure whether it was a mistake or not, but they seemed to have got extra money in their last payment. We want to continue that."