Fianna Fail have published their Manifesto here are some points from the document which is linked to at the bottom of this post:-
Reviving The Economy And
Restoring The Public Finances
A Plan For Jobs:-Despite the crisis, the Irish economy has enduring strengths. These have survived
the downturn and give this country a good platform for our recovery:
• A young, well-educated workforce
• Favourable demographics
• High quality physical infrastructure
• An open economy with a strong high-technology exporting base
• A pro-enterprise environment
• A highly flexible economy
The aim of every action Fianna Fáil has taken in government over the last three
years has been to return our country to the path of sustainable economic growth
in which jobs can be created and protected. The decisions we have taken have
been difficult. But they have been the right decisions for our citizens.
Reform of Politics & Government:-The core principles which underpin our proposals to create jobs are:
• Help individuals with education and training opportunities which can get
them back into employment.
• Aid businesses that have the capacity to innovate and grow.
• Promote Ireland’s position as a world centre for high-technology enterprise
by investing in the training and research which are vital to this objective.
• Develop our vital agrifood sector to reach its potential for employment and
value-added products that are in demand worldwide.
• Sustain high levels of capital investment in employment-intensive projects
which boost the competitiveness of the economy.
Why action is needed
All mature democracies should be willing to undertake an open review of their
political culture. Of the many major failings in Ireland’s political culture the
failure of our parliamentary system to consider structural problems until it was
too late is the most significant. The dominance of short-term considerations in
public debate is obvious.
We believe that the essential way to assist recovery and ensure future
sustainability in public policy is to radically reform the procedures for choosing
and operating both parliament and government.
The objective evidence suggests three core public policy failings in recent years:
• Significant increases in spending on public services and welfare were
implemented on the basis of revenue projections which proved to be
• The tax base was narrowed too significantly with cyclical income becoming
too large a proportion of public revenues.
• Oversight of the banking system signally failed.
Michael Martin has said any policies missing from this manifesto will be addressed by way of policy releases over the coming days.
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...289258294.htmlTHE FIANNA Fáil election manifesto commits the party to a range of measures on job creation and political reform and pledges to implement the remaining elements of the National Recovery Plan.
“I have decided that our election manifesto should put aside the old approach of addressing every single policy,” party leader Micheál Martin writes in the introduction to Real Plan. Better Future.
The party launched the document yesterday in Dublin.
“In a broad range of areas which we have not included in this manifesto, we will be publishing policy statements in the days ahead,” the party leader’s statement adds.
The party’s policy on health, for example, is expected later this week.