Fine Gael's "Reinventing Government" plans to make Gov smaller, abolish HSE

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Fine Gael has today published a new policy paper "Reinventing Government", which Fine Gael says will radically overhaul public services and the way government does it's business.

Thousands of public servants are presently trapped in a system that is failing them. Fine Gael has a plan to make a step change in the way our public services are run that will reward effort and ingenuity and penalise waste and inefficiency. Ministers and senior civil servants will evaluate projects and take responsibility for outcomes while managers will be freed up to innovate and motivate their colleagues to serve the needs of the public.
Richard Bruton TD, FG Spokesman on Spokesman Enterprise, Jobs & Economic Planning

Among the proposals (you can see the full document below) in the document are:

  • The abolishing of over 145 state bodies and companies including the dismantling of the HSE and FAS and their replacement with better, more cost effective alternatives;
  • Saving over €5billion, or 1 euro in 10 spent by public bodies, by confronting waste, duplication and inefficiency;
  • Externally recruiting new high level specialists in banking, taxation and macro economic forecasting to improve the Dept. of Finance’s capacity to deliver on key tasks;
  • At least 1/3rd of all appointments at a senior level in the Public Service (above PO level) will be made from outside the current system for a period of 5 years;
  • All lobbyists will have to be registered with the Standard’s in Public Office Commission and recent restrictions to the Freedom of Information Act will be reversed.
  • We will establish an Independent Fiscal Council to advise Parliament on issues such as borrowing levels, debt reduction and taxation planning. The Fiscal Council will be accountable to the Oireachtas Finance Committee.
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This Week 07-11-10 - Kenny on 100 FG ideas.

Coming up after the news Enda Kenny will be speaking on FGs new policy document.

Interesting that they are being given a big slot in the middle of an election campaign. Maybe the FG dervishes will now drop the claim that RTE is the broadcasting wing of FF.
 

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The policy document is very detailed. Its something like 90 pages with real targets to be achieved.

The only policy in it I don't like is the continuing policy of abolishing the Seanad. Yes its waste as it currently is but I think it should be reformed to give it more power.

Use an electoral list system and hold the elections on the same day as the local and european elections. This could put an end to TDs not reelected to the dail from just going in to the Seanad.
 

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Fantastic! A serious amount of work has gone into this and it really shows that Fine Gael is committed to reforming our government and delivering true top quality services to the people.

At nearly 90 pages I'm wondering whether any other political party will follow suit......
 
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The policy document is very detailed. Its something like 90 pages with real targets to be achieved.

The only policy in it I don't like is the continuing policy of abolishing the Seanad. Yes its waste as it currently is but I think it should be reformed to give it more power.

Use an electoral list system and hold the elections on the same day as the local and european elections. This could put an end to TDs not reelected to the dail from just going in to the Seanad.
Do a search for "Seanad" in the doc - you've find the commitment to abolish the Seanad is in there.
 

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Fantastic! A serious amount of work has gone into this and it really shows that Fine Gael is committed to reforming our government and delivering true top quality services to the people.

At nearly 90 pages I'm wondering whether any other political party will follow suit......
+1. They'll be getting my vote.
 

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It will be interesting to hear if he can actually sell this document which is very detailed and reforms a lot of areas within the public sector and governement. No doubt he'll manage to make a balls of it!
 

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I see no mention of compulsory redundancies. Also there are unspecified consequences for failure on page 7. What are these consequences? Loss of job in extreme cases. Eoghan Harris has a piece in the Sindo where he says we could save 6 billion by returning public sector pay to 2003 levels. That is real radical thinking yet
there is nothing about this. What quangos will be closed own? How many have we? What percentage of the overall is 145? What replaces the HSE? How will the public have a role in running the successor to the HSE?

That said it is a well thought out document in as far as it is more radical than other strategies other parties have published.
 

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Do a search for "Seanad" in the doc - you've find the commitment to abolish the Seanad is in there.
I know I said in my original post that they are continuing with the policy of abolishing the Seanad. Its a pity because if utilised properly it could be of good use.
 

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Even I have to admit that at least he's coming up with ideas. Faircare etc. I think he is a decent man, certainly not a cute hooer. While I haven't warmed to him, like many, maybe that's because we're used to FF dodgy dons and we don't recognise a daycent skin when we see one! I've decided this morning, barring something new happening, (which is still possible), I'm voting for FG.
 

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I see no mention of compulsory redundancies. Also there are unspecified consequences for failure on page 7. What are these consequences? Loss of job in extreme cases. Eoghan Harris has a piece in the Sindo where he says we could save 6 billion by returning public sector pay to 2003 levels. That is real radical thinking yet
there is nothing about this. What quangos will be closed own? How many have we? What percentage of the overall is 145? What replaces the HSE? How will the public have a role in running the successor to the HSE?
The lit of Quangos to be closed down is in an appendix at the end of the document. Page 84 or 85 I think.
 

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I really want to see a list system involved in any reform of government. We need to be able to bring quality people in different niches into important government positions.
 

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Coming up after the news Enda Kenny will be speaking on FGs new policy document.

Interesting that they are being given a big slot in the middle of an election campaign. Maybe the FG dervishes will now drop the claim that RTE is the broadcasting wing of FF.
It may be that both FG and some service in RTE finally got sensible. FG may have done some convincing sabre rattling in the right places and RTÉ may have realised that FF is unlikely to have access to such weaponry for some time in the future.
 

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Not answering the question on public sector pension reform very well!
 


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