Thursday 23 November 2017

Ireland 2027: My ambitions laid out in 13 'significant' proposals

We must seize the day and build on a buoyant economy to underpin a country of equality and fairness, writes Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Leo Varadkar

Next month, for the first time in 10 years, we will publish a budget that will balance the books and reduce the national debt.

This will provide a secure foundation that allows us to be ambitious about the future and begin planning for the next 10 years. The Government has been working, so far, under the broad heading of building a 'Republic of Opportunity'. It's not a slogan, but a way of thinking about how to improve people's lives, and there is much more to come.

Of course we are occupied with current issues and problems, but we also recognise that a longer perspective is needed if we are really to make progress as a country. We are thinking about the next 10 years and also about the next 20, because we need to plan for an Ireland that in 2040 will be home to more than 5.5 million people. We share the ambitions of many of our citizens, who work hard, and we recognise that we must do more to ensure they and their families can plan for the future with confidence.

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