Post by David Farrell, November 8, 2010
Fine Gael’s latest policy document — in part a rehash of existing policies, in part some new ideas — is to be welcomed not least because it helps to keep reform on the policy agenda. While it’s launch may not have gone as smoothly as the leadership would have liked, the document does deserve close reading. It makes useful proposals in a range of areas, most notably:
- Making governmental processes more open and transparent
- Regulating lobbying
- Reducing the costs of government (again, Seanad abolition makes a showing)
- Civil service reform
- Reform of the budgetary process
This is a start: we can only hope that much more is to follow. Will the other parties follow suit and publish their plans for political reform?