Key promises in revised Programme for Government revealed

Reform of Oireachtas expenses, 500 new teaching posts and the scrapping of plans to roll-out third level fees are some of the highlights of the revised Programme for Government revealed today.

Reform of Oireachtas expenses, 500 new teaching posts and the scrapping of plans to roll-out third level fees are some of the highlights of the revised Programme for Government revealed today.

The Green Party have voted on the document, with the result expected within the next hour. It is expected to pass, given the positive reaction of delegates today.

The 40-page document was nailed down late last night after eight days of intense negotiations between Fianna Fáil and junior coalition partners the Green Party.

Here are some of the key promises:

Education:

:: Bin controversial plans for third level fees.

:: Provide 500 teaching posts at primary and secondary level over the next three years.

:: Commitment not to increase class sizes any further.

Political reform:

:: Review the number of Dáil TDs.

:: Scrap corporate donations to politicians and political parties.

:: Introduce a vouched expenses system for TDs and Senators.

The economy:

:: Introduce carbon tax in budget 2010.

:: Domestic water charges. Houses will be given a free basic water allowance and will be charged for any extra use.

:: 30% tax relief on private pensions.

:: Crack down on tax exiles.

Jobs and enterprise:

:: Create 127,000 green jobs over the next decade.

:: Reform state training body Fás to make it more accountable to taxpayer.

Transport:

:: Spend twice as much on public transport as roads in 2011.

:: Roll out real time passenger information for 500 bus stops in Cork and Dublin by end of 2010.

:: Integrated ticketing introduced early next year.

:: Bin plans for the eastern bypass, linking Sandymount with Portmarnock.

Banking reform:

:: A levy on banks will be introduced if Nama makes a loss.

Health:

:: Take further steps towards a universal health service.

Children:

:: Hold a referendum on constitutional rights of the child.

Justice:

:: Establish a court of civil appeal.

Housing:

:: End long-term homelessness by the end of next year.

Arts:

:: Look at locating the new Abbey Theatre in the GPO by 2016.

:: Maintain supports provided by the Irish Film Board.

Animal welfare:

:: Ban stag hunting.


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