Review To Follow European Poll

The Taoiseach has said the Dail's Programme for Government will be reviewed after the local and European elections.

However, it remains "part of the business of Government" he said today.

Brian Cowen made his comments in Shannon, Co Clare, where he was canvassing with candidates in the local and European elections.

He said during the course of elections, a number of proposals are put forward, and he has no problem dealing with a review if it is requested.


The Taoiseach said he meets Green Party leader John Gormley 'practically every day' and in particular before each Cabinet meeting, but the Greens had not specifically asked to meet him over concerns about the Programme for Government.

He also said he does not believe his own position as Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fáil is in jeopardy given the polls showing a slump in support for the party.

He said he there are no circumstances in which his resignation would be required, and he intends leading the country out of the difficult economic circumstances it finds itself in at present.

Mr Cowen said he believes people recognise that the Government is pursuing the right policies to get the country out of its difficulties, and they would postpone that recovery if they did not pursue those ends.


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