Leo hails 'parties of Collins and Connolly'
Published 25/02/2016 | 02:30
The Irish revolutionary era has been recalled by Health Minister Leo Varadkar, who said that the "parties of Collins and Connolly worked together to restore our sovereignty".
Mr Varadkar was speaking at Fine Gael's last major press event ahead of polling day tomorrow when he mentioned Fine Gael's "founding father" Michael Collins and 1916 leader James Connolly, who founded the Labour Party.
He said that weeks before his death, Collins had "set out his vision for a free and independent Ireland...in that he said our object in building up the country economically must not be lost sight of and that object is social justice for all".
"And Fine Gael today in this centenary year holds to those values true," Mr Varadkar added.
He said his party wanted economic recovery, "not for the sake of it, not to please the bond markets or Europe or the tycoons but an economic recovery so we can bring prosperity, equality of opportunity, and a greater social justice to our people".
"When Michael Collins left the GPO, the building was in flames but he turned and said defiantly 'at least the flag is still flying'," Mr Varadkar said.
"Today our flag is not just flying, it's flying proud with our economic sovereignty restored," he said.
"Five years ago, that didn't seem possible but it is the reality today because the parties of Collins and Connolly worked together to restore our sovereignty and restore our pride," Mr Varadkar concluded.