Enda Kenny promises to still cut USC and raise pensions

Kenny won’t be reversing any of the 600 commitments

Enda Kenny promises to still cut USC and raise pensions

Taoiseach Enda Kenny after a meeting in Government Buildings in Dublin | Image: Rollingnews.ie

The proposed plans to cut the universal social charge, increase State pensions and improve social insurance are still on the cards according to the Taoiseach.

In a recent interview ahead of the Oireachtas Christmas recess, Mr Kenny said the Government would not be reversing any of the 600 commitments set out in the programme for partnership agreed with Independent politicians in May.

He said "We’ve set out our programme for government. We’ve been very focused on continuing to manage the economy carefully and prudently in the public interest."

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan recently said he intends to phase out the charge, introduced at the height of the State’s financial crisis, if circumstances permit.

Mr Kenny also said the provision of jobs remained the focus of the Government’s economic strategy, and it hoped to deliver 200,000 over the next five years, 135,000 of them outside the Greater Dublin Area.

"Clearly the national broadband strategy is critical both in terms of making areas attractive for investment both at home and abroad."