Ireland's prime minister, Enda Kenny, will make a televised address to the Irish people later to prepare them for the country's next budget.
The Irish Republic required an international bail-out last year.
It is now trying to save 3.8bn euro (£3.2bn) in a new round of cost-cutting measures.
The Irish government is expected to introduce more tax rises and spending cuts in a budget announcement later in the week.
On Sunday night, Mr Kenny will use a live speech on prime-time television to appeal for understanding.
He will warn the Irish people that the country's weak finances require a tough budget and that more cost-cutting is needed next year too.