An Agreed Programme for Government Between Fianna Fáil and The Progressive Democrats (June 2002)
The mandate of the sovereign people is a great honour and a great opportunity. It brings with it great responsibility for public service. In the General Election for the 29th Dáil the people have renewed and strengthened the mandate of Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats. The policy platforms of the two parties have been endorsed as a blueprint for our future.
In presenting this our Programme for Government, Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats pledge to keep faith with the people and to honour the mandate given by them. Unprecedented opportunity has been given, uniquely to us in this generation. It is the opportunity to build a fair society of equal opportunity and of sustained prosperity on an island at peace with itself. This is our ambition for our country, this is our mandate from the people and this is our pledge.
This Programme for Government is both clear in intent and specific in detail. It is the agreed agenda for this partnership Government over five full years. It is based on the manifestos of Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats. In Government it is open to either party to seek to persuade colleagues to pursue any individual policy included in those manifestos.
The Irish people can be justly proud of the achievements of peace and prosperity of the past five years. But now for the future much more remains to do. We aim to be an inclusive society but there are those who still remain left out. We aim to create sustained prosperity but the standard of our public services and the quality of our infrastructure lags behind our phenomenal growth. We aim to ensure that Ireland plays a full role in an enlarged European Union.
We aim to achieve a lasting peace in Northern Ireland but there are still those in both communities who remain to be assured of their place in an inclusive settlement as well as those who have yet to fully fulfil their commitment to that settlement. Thisis a moment in our history of unprecedented opportunity and unprecedented responsibility.
By the will of the people that responsibility now falls to Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats in Government. It is a responsibility we will work with all our ability and all our energy to discharge with integrity. When our duty is done and our mandate is complete, we pledge that five years from now we will have a country transformed from the country we found ten years before. That is our mandate and that is our pledge.
Bertie Ahern, T.D. Mary Harney, T.D.
Leader of Fianna Fáil Leader of the Progressive Democrats