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Progress Report on the Programme for a Partnership Government


The Programme for a Partnership Government, published on 11 May sets out detailed actions and commitments which will be implemented over the lifetime of the Government.

The Programme has one simple objective at its core which is to make people's lives better in every part of Ireland. The Government is tackling the most pressing challenges Ireland faces so as to build a strong economy and to deliver a fair society, a society where the recovery is felt by every individual and family around the country.

The Progress Report on the Programme for a Partnership Government being published today sets out the progress made to date across all of Government on implementing those actions and commitments and includes measures recently announced under Budget 2017. The Finance Bill 2016, which includes Budget announcements, is currently before the Houses of the Oireachtas.
In the first six months, some of the key issues progressed include
· a new Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness;
· the establishment of a €200m Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund;
· an increase in rent limits under the Rent Supplement and the Housing Assistance Payment;
· the establishment of a taskforce on the implementation of personalised budgets for persons with disabilities;
· the establishment of the Citizen’s Assembly;
· a new dedicated Cabinet Committee working on a new Rural Action Plan;
· a mobile phone and broadband taskforce established;
· two weeks paternity leave introduced since September 2016; and
· reforms implemented to give the Oireachtas a stronger role in planning its business and in the budgetary process
This progress report is in addition to the Programme for Government Annual Report to be published in May following the Government’s first year in office.