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Ministers face report cards - Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to write up report cards on his government ministers who will be forced to account for themselves before the public.

Every member of the coalition Cabinet will be individually hauled before the Taoiseach to explain their progress in a meeting to set tasks and targets within their departments.

Mr Kenny vowed to publish the assessments by the end of March so the public can judge whether each Government minister is up to scratch.

"There will be some straight talking here about getting on with this business," he said in a private Christmas briefing in Government Buildings.

The Taoiseach will sit down with each minister in January and hold them to account, determining what they have done for their department and what needs to be done in time for the end of the political year in March.

"This is a Programme for Government but obviously I want people to get on with it so that we can say we are following through our commitments," he said.

"If there's an issue that can't be dealt with, I want to know the reasons behind that."

Mr Kenny said he would set up an office within the Department of Taoiseach - at no extra cost - to have the Programme for Government translated into actionable parts that refer to each minister.

"So that you can say to minister X, look here are 127 issues that need to be referred to your department and that are your responsibility for the Programme for Government," explained Mr Kenny.

The ministers will then have until the report's publication to focus on what else they need to deal with before the year's end.

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