The cabinet on Wednesday approved a supplementary budget worth around €148.5m to cover additional expenditure in various sectors.
The extra spending concerns €20m for support schemes for workers and businesses stricken by the fallout of the Covid pandemic and €10m to boost low pensions.
Nineteen million euros will be spent on asylum seeker allowances, €10m on medicines, €45m on defence, €11m on civil aviation, and €5m on farming subsidies.
The budget will also cover the cost of creating a social welfare junior ministry.
It is expected to be submitted to parliament for immediate approval
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