Saturday 3 December 2016

'Patronising and condescending' - Micheal Martin slams Enda Kenny's economic jargon comments

Sarah Jane Murphy

Published 04/02/2016 | 11:12

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin TD during the launch of Fianna Fail's General Election campaign on Lower Mount Street, Dublin
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin TD during the launch of Fianna Fail's General Election campaign on Lower Mount Street, Dublin

Michael Martin has described Enda Kenny's assertion that ordinary people don't understand financial jargon as "patronising and condescending".

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Yesterday, when asked how his party would fund their election promises, the Taoiseach said he didn't want to use "economic jargon which the vast majority of Irish people don't understand".

The Fine Gael leader needed Finance Minister Michael Noonan to intervene as he struggled to explain plans for the so-called 'rainy day fund'.

Speaking outside University Hospital Waterford, the Fianna Fáil leader said that he is of the opinion that ordinary Irish people understand and "Understand only too well."

"He shouldn't have done it.

"I think what people might think is that maybe Enda himself didn't understand the issues hence the basis on which questions were cut short," he said.

Mr Martin also made reference to the fact that Mr Kenny was the only one of the leaders of the main politicalparties not to take part in an interview on RTE's 6-01news last night.

"The non-show on the 6-01 news was interesting, the only leader not to take up the invitation was Enda.

"The real sense yesterday in relation to the fiscal space was that Enda himself wasn't clear and more or less tried to blame the Irish people, that's what I'm hearing at the doors," he added.

Mr Martin will carry out several engagements in Waterford City and County this morning as he launches his regional campaign.

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