Friday 9 December 2016

Taoiseach and Tánaiste enjoy a final scone and cuppa... and plead for five more years together

Published 25/02/2016 | 12:40

Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Enda Kenny and Joan Burton met for tea and scones today before making a final plea to electorate to give them five more years together.

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The Taoiseach and Tanaiste both said “a small shift” in the polls towards Fine Gael and the Labour Party would ensure the return of the Government.

And they promised if voters do give them enough seats they will see out a full five years together.

Mr Kenny said tomorrow would mark “a crucial decision for Irish people” and he hoped “a clear signal will be given and a clear decision”.

“It’s been a privilege to have been Taoiseach and to work in conjunction with the Labour Party to put together a programme that has brought our country in the right direction,” he said.

“One of the ways they can avoid confusions and instability and the consequential dangers in that is to support the government that has been in office for the past five years.

Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

“That government is on offer for the people, to provide stability and continued progress on implementing a strategic plan that will bring further propensity to our country,” Mr Kenny said.

He again ruled out the idea of a grand coalition with Fianna Fail.

Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

“I have no intention of doing a deal with Micheal Martin. His party wrecked the economy after 14 years in power,” he said.

Speaking in Hanover Quay in Dublin, Ms Burton also stressed the importance of stability and rejected any suggestion that she would be interested in a coalition with Fianna Fail.

Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tanaiste Joan Burton & Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet on the last day of campaigning to stress importance of Government stability and balance at Herb Street, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2., Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

“It’s a great privilege to live in a democracy where people will exercise the ultimate power,” she said.

“Notwithstanding the fact we’ve made great progress there’s the potential for choppy waters ahead. A small shift in voting intentions in terms of both parties would actual return a stable government for the next five years.

“A government that would be able to do all of those things that people have said they desire.”

She added: “We’ve worked together over five at times turbulent but transformative years. Tough years but also achievement years. We want to see the opportunity and that achievement realised over the next five years.”

Mr Kenny made reference to the 1989 coalition between Fianna Fail and the Progressive Democrats that former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds described as "temporary little arrangement".

“The arrangement between Fine Gael and the Labour Party was never a temporary little arrangement.

“It’s gone the full five years and we’ve come through some calamitous and turbulent times,” the Taoiseach said.

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