Belfast Telegraph

Judgement day for Kenny's pledges

The Government has been accused of rowing back on key pre-election promises and continuing Fianna Fail policies as it faces its first public reckoning on its 100th day in office.

Enda Kenny took power on March 9 promising sweeping reforms in an attempt to make Government more open and bring the political class closer to the people.

But after a lengthy honeymoon buoyed by the historic visits of Queen Elizabeth and President Barack Obama, the Taoiseach faces a self-imposed judgement day on Thursday.

Opposition politicians have been quick to point out campaign promises not followed through, with Fianna Fail's Michael McGrath claiming repeated U-turns by Mr Kenny.

"Many of the pledges and promises that were made during the election campaign and even in the Programme for Government have now been rendered null and void," Mr McGrath said.

"The Government appear to have conducted many handbrake turns on important issues including renegotiation of the EU/IMF deal."

Just two days before the general election Mr Kenny set out 28 policies he would implement in his first three months as Taoiseach, ranging from a renegotiation of the Ireland's international bailout to implementing political and health reforms and revamping the banking sectors.

He vowed to present a progress report on the 100th day, claiming the country could not afford to waste any time. The Taoiseach is expected to hold a briefing in Government Buildings on Thursday to detail achievements.

Sinn Fein's finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said the change that people were hoping for after Fianna Fail never materialised.

"I think it's been a disappointing 100 days from this Government," Mr Doherty said.

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