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FG come top again on reform

FINE Gael has been ranked the number one party for political reform for a second time.

A team of academics scored each of the party's proposals, with Fine Gael up one on a similar study last week to 74 out of 100, while the Green Party jumped 15 to joint second place with Labour at 68. Reformcard -- the political reform scorecard -- re-examined the parties' policies after they detailed their plans for change.

Jane Suiter, of University College Cork, said the boost for the Green Party came from its plans to make government more accountable and reform the Seanad rather than scrapping it.

"They're still the stronger from the local government . . . but where they really jumped up now is that they put a lot of proposals into open government . . . moving more towards open government data."

But the academics said the party lacked coherent policy proposals in reforming the public sector.

The study put Fianna Fail unchanged at 58 and Sinn Fein up 25 to 51.

The panel found Fine Gael's proposals on open government and on reforming the public services coherent and well thought through.

Irish Independent