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Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin can't be trusted on the economy - Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent

Published 13/02/2016 | 14:28

Enda Kenny Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Enda Kenny Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned that Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin can't be trusted on the economy and said that "merciless" international markets don't like the policies of "socialists and communists".

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Mr Kenny was arguing for the return of the Fine Gael Labour coalition as a "stable government" when he hit out at the two main opposition parties.

He said Fine Gael won't do business with Fianna Fáil, claiming "They can't be trusted on the economy".

"Sinn Féin are even worse and their economic figures are simply unbelievable and not believable," Mr Kenny added, speaking at at Co Carlow farm where he was launching his party's plan for rural jobs.

He also raised the example of Portugal, which has been subject to a bailout.

He said that they sold "ten-year-monies" on the international markets at 4pc - compared to Ireland's 1pc - "because  the investing markets don't like the policies of the new government – the policies of socialists and communists."

"I'm asking people to look at Fine Gael and Labour. To vote the Fine Gael ticket and afterwards for the Labour Party and put in place a stable government that will implement our programme.

"We know where the future is. We also can see from other countries not too far from here what instability and confusion can mean.

"The markets are merciless. They're merciless and if Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin want to start projecting how they're going to have cuts in the budgets that they're going to introduce to make up for un-costed programmes or blackholes in their figures then I think that the Irish people need to be very careful in their choice," he added.

Asked about the Irish Independent's report on Fine Gael's strategy to attack Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin's record Mr Kenny said: "I've never been personal in my politics".

He described the report as "speculative".

"This is a general election. People can raise all kinds of hares and things like that.

"As far as I'm concerned our message is very clear. Fine Gael have a clear plan for the creation of 200,000 jobs, to make work pay, to use the resources of that to invest in our doctors, nurses, Gardaí, hospitals, care facilities and so on.

"I've never been personal in my politics and I have no intention of being personal in my politics," Mr Kenny added.

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