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Friday 23 March 2018

More than half of measures in Programme for Government have been delivered – Taoiseach

Mr Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore marked the coalition’s third year in office with the announcement today

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

SOME 60pc of measures pledged in the Programme for Government have either been delivered or are at an advanced stage, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Mr Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore have marked the coalition’s third year in office and said they will be outlining plans to create further jobs in the construction sector later today.

The government claims to have failed to deliver in just areas that were previously committed to in the programme: Upward rents, packaging levies and competitive tendering the waste market sector.

The Taoiseach rejected suggestions that the coalition was handing itself a high grade and insisted that ministers will continue with a "relentless focus on job creation”.

“As new jobs are created in the economy we have to ensure that those who lost their jobs and suffered most are not left behind in the recovery,” he said at a press conference outside Government buildings.

Mr Gilmore added that easing pressure on families in 2014 will be a top priority for the government.

“For too long in our country, people have been living with a fear of the future. Fear for their families’ future. Our focus now, in 2014, is ensuring that nothing puts recovery at risk, and in making the choices that ensure people can plan for the future again, with hope,” he said.

“If the first half of this Government was about fixing the crisis, the second half is about ensuring the recovery delivers for people. There is still work to do – to drive down unemployment, to grow confidence, to finish the job of fixing our public finances,” he added.

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