Sunday 21 January 2018

SEANAD ABOLITION YES: Ireland just doesn't need two chambers

But what we do need is a reformed Dail and greater local government, says Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar

FINE Gael campaigned in the last election on the basis of a Five Point Plan which was put before the people. This plan set out to: restore the public finances without increasing income taxes; use the National Pension Reserve Fund and money from the sale of State assets to build infrastructure and create jobs (NewERA); make the first steps towards universal health care (FairCare); create a modern and less costly public sector; and reform our political system (New Politics).

When the people elected a Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government, our two parties drafted a Programme for Government which drew on the Five Point Plan, along with Labour's own manifesto. Both sides had to compromise.

Progress in some areas has been slower than we had hoped or expected. But by and large we are honouring the promise of the Five Point Plan.

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