Thursday 30 March 2017

Editorial: Time to get back to running the country

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin

A week on from the appointment of Joan Burton as leader of the Labour Party and Tanaiste, talks on the new coalition deal with Taoiseach Enda Kenny appear to be completed. Mr Kenny and Ms Burton have agreed on the policy priorities for the remainder of the lifetime of the Government. Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin are also understood to have signed off on the agreement.

Alongside the reshuffle, the government parties will publish a set of areas in the Programme for Government which will get a particular focus over the next 21 months.

The package is understood to contain commitments on increasing the disposable income of low and middle-income workers, a review of distressed mortgage targets, exploring ways to reduce sovereign debt, a social housing building programme and the rollout of free GP cards.

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