Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have published a draft framework document that they hope will help facilitate negotiations with other parties once the COVID-19 crisis has ended.
The document outlines 10 new missions that they believe will help “recover, rebuild and renew” Ireland after the COVID-19 emergency.
The 10 missions
- Reigniting and renewing the economy;
- Universal healthcare;
- Housing for all;
- A new social contract;
- A new green deal;
- A better quality of life for all;
- Supporting young Ireland;
- Opportunities through education and research;
- A shared island;
- At the heart of Europe: global citizenship.
What does this mean for farmers?
A lot of the plans set out in this document will impact farmers, both positively and negatively.
That’s Farming has summarised some of those measures:
- Set new carbon reduction targets, identifying and implementing early significant changes and underpinned with a clear road map for delivery;
- Increase the carbon tax, in line with the agreed cross-party trajectory of €80 per tonne by 2030;
- Continue to recognise and support Irish agriculture in its ongoing transition to emission efficiency;
- Plant 440 million trees by 2040;
- Following Brexit, seek to achieve an ambitious, zero-tariff, zero quotas, free trade agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom (UK);
- Be willing to contribute more to the EU budget, to advance the ideals of the EU including, for example, the common agricultural policy (CAP);
- Recognise the importance of agriculture, fisheries, tourism and other sectors that support balanced regional development and employment in rural Ireland;
- Develop a series of sector-specific responses through the National Economic Plan (e.g. retail, tourism, hospitality, agriculture, manufacturing, construction etc.);
- Deliver a strong Just Transition, which ensures that no citizen or region is left behind;
- Reduce the cost of land to improve the affordability of housing, employing all measures up to and including referenda.
A spokesperson for the potential coalition stated that there is no going back to previous ways, therefore, radical action is needed: “Radical actions have been taken to protect as many people as possible, and new ways of doing things have been found in a time of crisis. The importance of the well-resourced, properly functioning and responsive state has never been clearer.”
“With a view to forming a historic coalition, we now invite other parties and groupings to enter discussions on building a Programme for Government. Our citizens deserve a Government that works for the good of Ireland and its people – a Government that lasts. Let us build it together,” the statement concluded.
To view the document in full, click here.