What's in the programme for Government?

What's in the programme for Government?
Leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin TD leaving Government Buildings this afternoon after Government Formation talks . Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The Programme for Government agreed between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party is now making its way to members of the parties around the country for approval.

Fianna Fáil leader and Cork South Central TD Micheál Martin said on Monday that the programme represented a “significant new departure” in terms of public policy particularly in terms of housing, health, education and climate change.

The programme contains a number of proposals in areas including health, the economy, housing, transport, education and the environment, amongst others.

Under the programme, ‘Our Shared Future’ plans to increase the state pension age to 67 are to be deferred.

A commission to examine the issue will be established and will report by June 2021.

It also includes a commitment to provide 50,000 social homes over the next five years.

It says the Government will also put in place the appropriate controls to allow local authority discretionary funding to increase from €2m to €6m for social housing projects

The current Direct Provision system is to be abolished and replaced “with a new international protection accommodation policy centred on a not-for-profit approach”.

A commitment to reduce Ireland’s emissions of greenhouse gases by an average of seven per cent annually is also included in the Programme as well as a commitment to end the issue of new licenses for the exploration and extraction of gas.

The programme also commits to the implementation of Sláintecare, a Statutory Homecare Scheme is to be introduced and the Government commits that during its term it will extend free GP care to more children and to carers in receipt of the  Carer’s Support Grant

Free contraception is to be rolled out over a phased period, starting with women aged 17-25.

In terms of transport infrastructure, the document commits to develop and implement existing strategies for cities including the draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy and says that in line with the commitment in the National Planning Framework to balanced regional development, rail projects in Cork, as well as Galway, Limerick, and Waterford will be prioritised on existing and unused lines.

It also states that BusConnects are to be rolled out in Cork as well as Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

KEY POINTS

  • The State pension age is to remain at 66 years.
  • 50,000 social homes over the next five years.
  • Registration of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030.
  • The current Direct Provision system is to be abolished and replaced “with a new international protection accommodation policy centred on a not-for-profit approach”.
  • Major investment in walking and cycling infrastructure.
  • Commitment to reduce Ireland’s emissions of greenhouse gases by an average of 7 per cent annually Contraception will be provided for free on a phased basis starting with to women aged 17 to 25 years.
  • The Government will end the issue of new licenses for the exploration and extraction of gas.
  • BusConnects are to be rolled out in Cork as well as Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

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