The services and opportunities that contribute to a fair society are underpinned by a strong economy.  Fine Gael is committed to meeting the needs of a growing population and to repair the damage to our economic and social infrastructure from the economic collapse and cuts in public expenditure.

We want to deliver the following:

  • Sustainable full employment which means an extra 200,000 jobs by 2020, of which 135,000 will be outside of Dublin, leading to more people at work than ever before.
  • Implementing a national and regional Action Plan for Jobs and reduce the unemployment rate to 6%.
  • Maintain Ireland’s 12.5% corporation tax, while reducing the rate of Capital Gains Tax for new start-ups to 10% from 2017
  • Continue to phase out the USC as part of a wider medium-term income tax reform plan.
  • Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit from €550 to €1,650 for the self-employed, to match the PAYE credit, by 2018.
  • Explore the mechanisms through which SMEs can reward key employees with share options in a tax-efficient manner.
  • Introduce a PRSI scheme for the self-employed and provide a supportive tax regime for entrepreneurs and the self-employed.
  • Increase the Small Benefits Exemption (voucher) from €500 to €650, which is equivalent to approximately one week’s wages for those on the average industrial wage.
  • Seek to deliver €1bn per year from new sources of finance to supplement normal bank offerings to SMEs.
  • Improve smaller Irish businesses’ access to the €8bn public procurement market in Ireland.
  • Facilitate the return of 70,000 emigrants increasing the pool of local talent.
  • Ensure 85% of premises in Ireland has access to high speed broadband by 2018, with 100% access by 2021.

We want to make Ireland a country in which every citizen shares in the benefits of economic growth and, in turn, lives in a fair society.