Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath has described the Government’s report on its own performance in office as “an attempt at airbrushing all of its election commitments from history.”
Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Government produce a 44 page report on how good it is, with none of the ‘Report Cards’ on individual Minister previously promised by the Taoiseach.
“Fine Gael and Labour have focussed their review today on the Programme for Government, choosing to airbrush from history all of the promises made in their election manifestos and the most cynical election campaign in memory,” said Deputy McGrath.
“The Taoiseach has failed to deliver on one of the most basic pledges he made, to rate his Ministers and publish a ‘Report Card’ on their performance in office. When you look at the Government’s real record one year on there is a litany of broken promises and bad policy decisions directly affecting people’s daily lives and stifling the domestic economy.
“It is true that the Government have had some successes, most notably in terms of their ability to manage the news cycle, but in the areas where they promised substantial change, they have fallen well short of the mark, particularly in relation to the domestic economy and relief for those in mortgage and debt difficulty.
“The many and varied jobs initiatives have been well presented and have enjoyed good headlines, but they are not creating jobs. The changes in the personal insolvency regime are welcome and positive, but they fall well short of what is needed, what was promised and what has been proposed in a constructive way by Fianna Fáil.”
Deputy McGrath concluded: “One year in, my hope is that this Government might now become less concerned with being popular and more concerned with getting on with the job they were elected to do.”