Happy New Year! 2011 brings with it renewed hope and an impending general election. It may, with hard work, bring the first Labour-led government in the history of the State.
Labour has started the year by launching an ambitious plan to reform Irish democracy. New Government, Better Government sets out 140 ways to improve how government works, how politics works and how to reform the public service. It is, I believe, the most radical reform document ever published by a political party in this country. You can take a look here.
Although a new government will faces challenges in the economy and elsewhere, Labour believes priority must be placed in restoring public confidence in our political system.