Thursday 23 November 2017

Programme for Government: the key areas


* 80 additional primary care centres

* Increase number of GP training place by over 100

* Free GP care for all under 18s

* Free dental health programme for all under 12s

* Make Ireland tobacco free 2025

* Levy on sugar-sweetened drinks

* Have 93pc of A&E patients treated within six hours

* A new Cystic Fibrosis Unit for Beaumont Hospital

* Develop a second Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford

* €50m a year to reduce waiting lists

* Continue the process of dismantling the HSE, evolving it into a Health Commission

* Establish an independent patient advocacy service

* An all-party committee to develop a 10-year plan

Jobs and Rural Development

* An extra 200,000 jobs by 2020, including 135,000 outside Dublin

* €500m to accelerate export led jobs growth in regions

* Development of a new Atlantic Economic Corridor

* Increase budget for local and regional roads by 50pc

* County councils to publish how all commercial rates are spent

* €100m for Wild Atlantic Way and Greenways

* Review of Western Rail Corridor between Athenry and Claremorris

* Begin work on high speed broadband for every home

* Establish mobile phone and broadband taskforce within 100 days

* No closures of small schools

* Ask An Post and Credit Unions to investigate community banking

* Support creation of Technological Universities in the regions

* Review planning code as it relates to turf cutters

Childcare and Education

* Extra €500m in education by 2021

* Reduce pupil-teacher ratio for junior and senior infants

* Increase mandatory schooling age to 17

* Increase number of non-denominational and multi-denominational schools to 400 by 2030

* New model of in-school speech and language therapy

* Subside quality childcare for children aged 9-36 months

Crime Prevention, Justice and Equality

* Increase garda numbers to 15,000

* Stronger means test for free legal aid

* Reopen six garda stations to study impact on criminal activity

* Electronic tagging for those on bail where requested by gardai

Housing and Homelessness

*  25,000 new homes to be built every year by 2020

* Increase Rent Supplement and Housing Assistance Payment by up to 15pc

* Promote a 'cost rental' system by non-profit bodies

* 'Help to Building' funding scheme for private sector

* Review CPO powers for local authorities

* Consider reducing VAT on new homes from 13.5pc to 9pc

* New measures to boost student accommodation

* End the use of hotels and B&Bs for homeless families

* A 'root and branch' review of the planning system

* 'Help to Buy' scheme for first-time buyers

* A dedicated court to handle mortgage arrears and personal insolvency cases. It can sit in private.

Other measures

* Increase State Pension and Living Alone Allowance

* Referendum on "women's life within home"

* Citizens' Assembly on the Eight Amendment

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