Playing to our strengths: the Green Party’s plans for sustainable recovery and job creation
The Green Party entered government knowing that our economic model was broken and that we had the ideas to fix it. Cheap oil is a thing of the past and climate change is demanding a wholesale transformation of our economy. We began this work in Government and green policies have delivered over 20,000 jobs in the face of the recession.
Our job policy is based on prudent financial planning with no promises of investment we cannot afford. During out time in government our energy semi-states announced investment plans of €8bn in clean energy over the next four years. This is money they can raise themselves and policy they can deliver on the ground. Going green will help our farmers, foresters and those in the tourist industry. The Green Party’s plan, like Whitaker in the 50s is to use our natural resources for a new economy – our land and our people. Our international brand is of a Green Island, making that brand meaningful will reap rewards.
The Party proposes to:
- Invest €500m from the National Pension Reserve Fund into insulation
- Build 2 gigawatts of interconnection to make Ireland an energy exporter
- Plant 15,000 hectares of forestry
- Market Ireland internationally as a ‘Green Island’ and implement Green Star rating for eco-tourism
- Roll out ultra fast broadband Exemplar network nationwide
- Invest €70m in web training for 20,000 unemployed people who can then work to web-enable Irish business
- Provide access for the private sector to Government data
- Transfer all public services to cloud computing
- Establish an International Content Service Centre
- Abolish Forfás and redirect savings into EI/IDA grants
- Create a Green IFSC for carbon verification and green financial services