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Saturday 22 July 2017

Taoiseach to publish report cards on ministers

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has promised to keep his ministers' "noses to the grindstone" by publishing a report on their performance.

It will be published in March to coincide with the anniversary of the Government's first term in office.

Mr Kenny said he had set up a new office in the Department of the Taoiseach which was translating the Programme for Government into "action points" for each minister.

In an interview in Government buildings in Dublin yesterday, he said it would allow him to see which ministers were delivering on the reforms which had been pledged in their departments.

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"If there's a reason why there can't be work going on about these things, I want to know it. And if there's an issue that can't be dealt with, I want to know the reasons why," he said.

Mr Kenny is to meet with his ministers next month.

"We're going to have a year-end report at the end of March, which leaves just about 12 weeks to go, so that individual ministers can focus on what else in their respective departments that can actually be dealt with in that intervening period," he said.

The performance report will include an assessment of Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's work in the Department of Foreign Affairs as well as the four other Labour party ministers.

Mr Kenny said yesterday that the relationship between Fine Gael and Labour in the Government was "very strong, very practical, very committed to implementing the Programme for Government".

Irish Independent

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