FG/FF document ‘aspirational’ but ‘different way of thinking’ welcomed

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Labour leader Alan Kelly has said that the framework document which Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have produced today, ‘is an un-costed, purely aspirational document’, but he has welcomed a ‘different way of thinking on a new social contract’.

According to the two parties, the immediate focus of the joint document to recover and rebuild in the aftermath of the Covid-19 emergency. Beyond that, they say, the focus is to ‘respond decisively to the agenda of change in terms of housing, health, climate action and quality of life’.

it fails to mention any concrete timelines or when any of the mooted ideas would be delivered

However, in his initial response, Mr Kelly said that ‘it fails to mention any concrete timelines or when any of the mooted ideas would be delivered’.

In conclusion, the statement from the Labour leader said he welcomes ‘that in both parties coming together to draft this document, that they have come around to a different way of thinking on a new social contract and other social democratic policies’.

‘The Labour Parliamentary Party will appraise this document over the coming days,’ he ended.

Meanwhile this evening, FF’s and FG’s parliamentary parties have approved of the document, which its authors are understood to hope will bring some of the smaller parties and groupings on-board, which would help to form a more stable government.