Saturday 10 December 2016

Renua wants to abolish the budget system

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Renua leader Lucinda Creighton. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has said that her party believes it is time to abolish the budget.

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She said they will aim to overhaul the current method of financial planning by engaging in 'real-time budgetary review processes'. This would see the end of annual budget and it would be replaced by continuous budgeting.

Ms Creighton said: "Under our plan, newly-empowered Oireachtas committees will begin the process of preparing for the next year's budget the day after that year's budget is produced."

"Citizens, far from being kept in the dark about the nation's fiscal affairs except for one day of surprises each December, will be kept fully aware of how Departments are performing," she added.

Ms Creighton launched her party's health policy outside the gates of Leinster House, flanked by several other Renua candidates.

During the launch, she called for the health service to no longer be used as an "election football".

She said that the health of Irish citizens "is far too important to be kicked around as an election football with one side auctioning more system changes than the other".

Irish Independent

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