Fine Gael are to table a motion for the Dáil to sit the necessary days to complete the budgetary process and implement the necessary legislation by the end of December. The Green's should be supportive of this motion although outside their timeframe, wonder how the Independents will vote.
Fine Gael Chief Whip Paul Kehoe TD has announced that Fine Gael will move a motion in the Dáil calling for the forthcoming Budgetary process to be accelerated and completed by the end of December.
Mr Kehoe said: I believe the establishment of economic and political stability and certainty in Ireland is crucially important. Thats why last week Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny urged the Taoiseach to bring the presentation of the 2011 Budget forward to this week, a proposal he did not accept.
The forthcoming Budgetary process being completed quickly, rather than the usual protracted process, would contribute to economic stability.
The comments of some Fianna Fáil Ministers suggesting that the Budgetary process could be extended to next April, or even May, are electorally motivated and will do nothing to restore stability.
In order to bring clarity to the Budget timeframe, Fine Gael will move a motion in the Dáil this week calling for the 2011 Budget and the necessary legislative measures to be presented to, and disposed of, by the Dáil by the end of December. Fine Gael is willing to co-operate with additional sitting days to achieve this.
I urge the Government, and the Green Party in particular, to support this motion.