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New Coalition Programme For Government

Enda Kenny & Eamon Gilmore

Tipperary readers, with more than a casual interest in politics, may examine at first hand the new Programme for Government by clicking here.

Our readers will be already aware that Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny, Ireland’s new elected leader and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore struck a partnership deal in the early hours of today following six days of negotiations. Both will form a new coalition government within the coming days that will demand a renegotiation of the EU/IMF bailout.

Mr Kenny’s first engagement, as Ireland’s new Taoiseach, will be the Extraordinary European Council meeting in Brussels on this coming Friday, where he will meet with other European heads of State.

A strong pledge in this published ‘Programme for Government’, is to restore immediately this country’s reputation abroad and attempt to negotiate improved repayment terms, following on from December 2010’s 85 billion euro EU/IMF rescue package.

The Department of Finance will now be divided into two sections under this coalition deal and the soon to be announced new Finance Minister will oversee budgets and taxes, while a new ‘Estimates and Public Service Reform Minister’ will take full control of the proposed overhaul of the public sector and future spending.

The parties have agreed to attempt no changes to this year’s austerity Budget and have accepted the need for a further €3 billion in further cuts and savings next year. We are promising that cost-cutting measures will be reviewed again in 2012.

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