Saturday 3 December 2016

Election impasse requires 'big bold response' - Kenny

Published 12/04/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys, the Vanbrugh Quartet’s Gregory Ellis and RTÉ’s Aine Lawlor open the refurbished Kevin Barry Recital Rooms in the NCH. Photocall Ireland
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys, the Vanbrugh Quartet’s Gregory Ellis and RTÉ’s Aine Lawlor open the refurbished Kevin Barry Recital Rooms in the NCH. Photocall Ireland

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is incumbent on all parties to find solutions to the problems facing the Irish people.

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Mr Kenny last night said the General Election result requires politicians to find a "big bold response" in order to ensure there is stable government.

The Fine Gael leader went off-script during a speech at the opening of the Kevin Barry Rooms at the National Concert Hall to appeal for an end to the political impasse.

"Because it is the duty of all elected public representatives to work to find solutions to problems and challenges that are faced by the Irish people," Mr Kenny said

"The new political reality following the election of the 32nd Dáil is difficult for all political parties including my own.

"The General Election result requires a new way of doing politics to provide stable and national government," he added.

Mr Kenny made reference to the talks taking place between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, aimed at agreeing the basis for a minority government.

"The complex decision given by the people requires a different kind of answer, a different kind of response, a big bold response.

"Since the election, many efforts have been made to form a government that has the capacity to tackle the serious national and international challenges.

"My most earnest hope is to achieve a government that can deliver in the national interest and for the people."

Irish Independent

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