FINE Gael TD Jim Daly, for Cork South West, has today (Tuesday) said that creating jobs, enshrining children’s rights in the Constitution and getting a better deal on our banking debt are the Government’s main priorities for the new Dáil term.


“It’s going to be a very busy few months ahead for the Government between now and the end of the year. We are determined to make continuing progress in the areas of jobs, finance and children’s rights.


“The legislation required to hold the Children’s Referendum will be brought forward in the coming weeks. Enshrining children’s rights in our Constitution will ensure that the welfare of children is central in the mind of those taking decisions on their behalf. Passing the Referendum will also complement the range of legislation already introduced by the Government to strengthen child protection.


“Job creation remains at the heart of every decision this Government takes. The Personal Insolvency Bill will move towards enactment this Dáil term, which will have a positive impact on families and businesses in financial difficulty. Implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs will continue, allowing us to move from the old, failed economy, to a new one based on enterprise, exports and innovation. Work is already underway for the Action Plan for 2013, which will be even more ambitious in its scope.


“Getting a better deal on our banking debt will be an essential step for our economy. Work on securing a deal at European level has intensified in recent weeks and will continue apace this autumn. The efforts of the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, have been strengthened by a number of positive developments in Europe and our return to the long term bond markets for the first time since September 2010 is proof that the perception of Ireland internationally has improved significantly.


“This year’s Budget will undoubtedly be one of the most difficult in the lifetime of this Government. We must make the necessary decisions to get our public finances back under control and put the country back on a sustainable track. Difficult choices will have to be made to ensure we can successfully exit the bailout programme and regain full control of our own financial affairs.”