Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty, Meath East, has today (Thursday) said that protecting children, boosting job creation and securing a better deal on our debt are top of the Government’s agenda in the coming months. Deputy Doherty, was speaking as the new Dáil term gets underway.
“A huge body of work lies ahead for the Government in this Dáil term. The Children’s Referendum will represent a major change in the way this country and all institutions of the State regard and care for children. Legislation on the Referendum will be published in the coming weeks, ahead of what I hope will be an informed and passionate debate on why it is so important to strengthen the protection we offer our children.
“On the jobs front, we will continue our reform agenda through the Action Plan for Jobs, which is rebuilding our economy into a sustainable model based on enterprise, innovation and strong exports. A long list of pro-jobs measures has been implemented over the last year aimed at improving access to credit, supporting small business and boosting high growth sectors. Work is already well underway on the Action Plan for Jobs for 2013, which will be even more ambitious in its scope.
“Significant progress has been made in recent weeks on securing a better deal on our bank debt. Following the agreement by the European Heads of State at the end of June to break the link between bank and sovereign debt, Minister Michael Noonan and his officials have been engaged in high level negotiations across Europe. These efforts will intensify in the coming weeks with the ultimate aim of giving Ireland’s economy a much better chance of success.
“The Government faces a huge challenge in implementing a further €3.5 billion adjustment in the upcoming Budget. Unfortunately this level of adjustment is unavoidable as we seek to meet the terms of the bailout programme and bring our public finances under control. What the Government must do as part of this process is ensure the right decisions are taken for both our economy and our society.”