FG's grand plan
Fine Gael has outlined several policies it would pursue to "get Ireland working", including elements of its 'five-point plan':
- The party says it will seek €3bn more in taxation and spending cuts of €6bn -- ratios that had changed from previous policy.
- It warns that the country faces sovereign default if there is no new bailout deal but says it has no "dogmatic" policy.
- It hopes to save €5bn by shrinking the civil service by 30,000 and closing 145 named quangos.
- It vows to keep pensions, income tax, corporation tax and employment taxes at present levels and says it would "minimise" social welfare cuts.
- It plans to sell parts of the ESB and Bord Gais to raise €7bn to be spent on water and alternative energy.
- It claims education and health can be reformed and improved at no extra cost -- and promises "not a bob" extra will be spent on health until reform.