Update From Michael, Richard & Simon
Category : Enda Kenny
As I told you last week I appointed Michael Noonan, Richard Bruton and Simon Harris to begin finalising a new long term economic plan to keep the recovery going.
This week they briefed me and our Ministers on their progress so far. They have identified three key steps to achieving this goal:
- Continue the relentless focus on jobs by creating even more job opportunities all over Ireland. By protecting our 12.5% rate of corporation tax, lowering taxes on jobs and smaller Irish-owned businesses and investing in infrastructure, we will accelerate the pace of job creation, with employment levels to increase by almost 200,000 by 2020.
- Ensure that a job always pays more than welfare and that those who want to work feel it’s really worth it. This means abolishing the USC over five years, further sensible increases in the minimum wage, welfare reforms designed to encourage work and additional measures to ease childcare costs.
- Use increased revenues to fund affordable improvements in public services. More people at work means more tax revenues to provide frontline services such as nurses, guards and teachers. Unlike the reckless spending of Fianna Fail in the 2000s, we will cap the growth of Government spending below the underlying growth rate of the economy and eliminate the deficit by 2018.
Our long term plan will finish the job and bring the benefits of the recovery to every home in the country.
This is in stark contrast to the same old Fianna Fail who have learned nothing and have no plan. Sinn Féin’s tax hikes would put the recovery at risk and the Independents offer a future of chaos and uncertainty.
That is the choice.
The Irish people have worked too hard to get to where we are. We cannot go back. Together we will keep the recovery going.
Very best wishes.
Enda Kenny TD