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The cabinet appointed by Taoiseach, Enda Kenny on March 9, 2011:

Fine Gael and Labour have produced a programme for Government entitled Government for National Recovery 2011-2016.

The full text of the Programme for Government 2011-2016 may be downloaded below

Social Justice Ireland has issued the following as an initial response to the new Programme for Government.

The Panel was established by Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan on 10 September, 
2010, to examine the Department of Finance’s performance over the last ten years and 
advise how the Department might adapt to meet the challenges of the future. Ireland’s 
economic challenges are substantial, and have become more starkly defined over the three 
month period of our review. 
 
2. We had enormous support conducting our review. We met a large number of people 

The latest Central Bank Quarterly Bulletin has produced growth predictions that are substantially lower than those contained in the Government’s Budget. This brings the Government’s other predictions into serious question. Readers will recall that Social Justice Ireland predicted this would be the case when the Budget was published.

Social Justice Ireland’s analysis of the Government’s National Plan for Recovery 2011-2014 shows that social welfare rates are set to fall by between €40 and €62 a week for a single person by 2014 if the €3bn in welfare cuts are to be implemented.   The government’s suggestions on how savings in the welfare budget are to be achieved are simply not credible. The Plan contains nothing of substance to increase the number of jobs.

Social Justice Ireland asks Government to clarify how €3bn welfare decreases are to be achieved by 2014

Unjust Government Plan is bad for the economy, bad for society, bad for social cohesion; it is good for rich and powerful e.g. bond-holders and corporate sector

Social Justice Ireland has issued the following initial statement on the Government’s National Plan for Recovery 2011-2014. 

Distribution of the 'hit' in Ireland's bailout confirms the EU, the IMF and the Irish Government favour the rich and powerful over the poor and the ordinary taxpayer

Social Justice Ireland has issued the following initial statement on the Programme Documents that set out the terms of the EU/IMF Bailout for Ireland. 

This Plan provides a blueprint for a return to sustainable growth in our economy. It sets out in detail 
the measures that will be taken to put our public finances in order. It identifies the areas of economic 
activity which will provide growth and employment in the next phase of our economic development. It 
specifies the reforms the Government will implement to accelerate growth in those key sectors. 
Reducing the budget deficit will not, by itself, solve our economic difficulties.
 

Government publishes Infrastructure Investment Priorities 2010-2016

Government published its Infrastructure Investment Priorities 2010-2016 on July 26, 2010. The 131-page document outlines the financial framework for capital investment in the period 2010-2016. Given economic developments in recent years the expected substantial reduction on the expenditure promised in the National Development Plan 2007-2013 is outlined.

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