Key issues ministers must consider in new political set-up
Published 08/07/2014 | 02:30
Here are the major items on the agenda of each minister in the revamped Government:
* Regain the focus of the Government by identifying key policies to be implemented.
* Maintain stability within the Coalition.
* Outline an intended destination at the end of the next 18 months.
Tanaiste and Social Protection Minister
* Reassert Labour's identity in the Coalition.
* Steady the party ship and do succession planning for the future.
* Cut out the poverty traps preventing uptake of jobs by those on the dole.
* Carefully target any tax cuts in the Budget.
* Get the balance right on the size of the adjustment.
* Keep chasing the EU bank debt deal.Public Expenditure
* Continue to drive public sector reform.
* Manage expectations on public sector pay.
* Get a grip on the troublesome departments in Budget estimates.
* Get tightly involved in the growing crisis in Northern Ireland.
* Carefully watch the scrutiny of Ireland tax affairs and our international reputation.
* Examine the mix between diplomatic relations and economic importance of embassy locations.
* Maintain competitiveness as demands for wage rises escalate.
* Keep the Action Plan for Jobs going as it is delivering across government.
* Focus on lending to small business and development of homegrown enterprise.
* Get a handle on spending and implement Haddington Road.
* Regain confidence in the medical card allocation system.
* Make a decision on the future of Universal Health Insurance.
* Take account of the value of keeping small schools open.
* Review the hostile relationship with the church.
* Make long-term plans on how to fund third-level, which is linked to enterprise.
* Restructure the department in the wake of the scandals.
* Initiate the planned Garda reforms.
* Prepare the ground for the gay marriage referendum.
* Keep down the cost of childcare as it is inhibiting women in the workforce.
* Get a handle on the system for children in crisis.
* Continue to set a correct tone in responding to sex abuse reports.
* Maintain the vigilance in industrial relations across the sector.
* Keep a handle of cost to the consumer of public transport.
* Protect the tourism product from an image and cost perspective.
* Invest in housing and reform planning to allow fast-tracked changes.
* Follow through on the water charges implementation.
* Develop the powers of local government and property tax.
* Ensure liaison between industry and community on energy issues, like pylons.
* Bring in the broadcasting charge and decide its cost.
* Take steps to keep energy costs down for the consumer.
* Keep on top of the challenges from CAP and the end of milk quotas.
* Support the beef farming sector as it comes under pressure.
* Protect the brand and open new markets.
Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht
* Set the correct tone around the 1916 commemorations.
* Link in with tourism and ensuring independence.
* Stick to commitments made on turf cutting.