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Monday 24 July 2017

Fine Gael pledges end of 'boom and bust' and attacks Sinn Féin's financial policies

Enda Kenny. Photo: Getty
Enda Kenny. Photo: Getty

Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent

FINE Gael today launched its 'Long Term Economic Plan' with a pledged to end "boom and bust" and an attack on Sinn Fein's financial policies.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny promised his party would create 200,000 jobs by 2020 and laid his party's much vaunted three steps to "keep the recovery going".

It includes plans to create jobs, to abolish the Universal Social Charge (USC) over five years and to invest in public services.

Finance minister Michael Noonan said that no party will be able to make spending promises on the back of the so-called fiscal space available in the coming years if the economy doesn't continue to improve.

He also took a swipe at the opposition's economic policies.

He warned that Ireland would end up like Greece if a Sinn Fein/Fianna Fail coalition led by the former's financial policies took power.

He took aim at Gerry Adams' party joking that they gave out Greek flags as "spot prizes at Sinn Fein dances".

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