Leo Varadkar has pledged to introduce the ‘Living Wage’ of €12.30 for low-paid workers.
If implemented, the move would significantly increase the wages of thousands of hospitality sector emoloyees.
It would involve a pay hike of 20% for many workers on the minimum wage of just over €10 an hour.
Mr Varadkar did not put a timeline on when we could see it, but his spokesman said the plan is to introduce it, “within the lifetime of this Government.”
Social justice campaigners have long argued that the minimum wage, currently at €10.20, is not enough for people to live on.
The Low Pay Commission has come on board with campaigners for what is called a Living Wage, which has been pitched at €12.30.