Belfast Telegraph

Kenny 'vows to hit ground running'

Ministers in a Fine Gael government would be barred from constituency work in the first 100 days to focus on their new responsibilities.

With political parties hosting final press conferences ahead of a broadcasting blackout, leader Enda Kenny detailed targets for the party in the first months of being handed power.

Mr Kenny said every ambassador and top Government trade and business representative would be summoned home and fully briefed on marketing Ireland overseas.

"There is no time to waste. There is not an hour to be lost, and Ireland urgently needs to get back to work," he said.

"That's why if the people decide to elect Fine Gael in government, we need to hit the ground running."

Mr Kenny outlined 25 steps the party would take in the first 100 days in power, including revisiting the International Monetary Fund/European Union deal with other European leaders, cutting the number of TDs, abolishing the Seanad, lengthening Dail sitting time and setting out a jobs creation bill.

All non-executive bank directors who sat on boards of banks now under state control before September 2008 would also be replaced and at least 20 state bodies would be scrapped.

Fine Gael said ambassadors and the main IDA representatives overseas would be brought home and briefed on Ireland`s marketing strategy.

"If elected, I will present a progress report at the end of the 100-day period," Mr Kenny said.


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