Taoiseach pumps up the volume as he tries to rally his troops
Published 22/02/2016 | 02:30
Enda Kenny issued a rallying call to his canvassers to keep on working hard for votes until polling stations close at 10pm on Friday.
At a large rally for the Fine Gael faithful in Dublin, he pumped up the volume in an attack on his Fianna Fáil rivals, accusing them of leaving an "economic cesspit" behind them when they left office in early 2011.
Addressing Fine Gael's candidates from the 11 Dublin constituencies and their campaign teams at their temporary election headquarters in the capital, Mr Kenny roared encouragement in efforts to motivate them for a huge canvass over the final five days of the campaign.
As his speech progressed, he continually increased the decibel levels.
"We've taken this country out of an economic cesspit that we inherited from Fianna Fáil. After 14 years of government, they blew everything that we had!" Mr Kenny said.
He urged Fine Gael members to give their maximum support to their candidates and, looking around the attendance, he named all of the candidates across the 11 constituencies.
This in turn drew huge approval from the crowd. "They will stand up for you, for your family, for your city, for your county and for our country," he said.
The Taoiseach again reserved his loudest-possible voice to attack his political opponents.
He referred to Sinn Féin, left-wing parties and others with considerable disdain.
"Look at the other side.
"Disparate groups, no plan, invalid figures - others who would simply destroy anything that we've built up here," Mr Kenny insisted.
The Taoiseach then returned his attention to Fianna Fáil.
"They've wrecked the house before. They're back battering the doors now saying, 'We're clean again, we've been absolved, everything is fine, give us a chance'."
Mr Kenny then paused momentarily, as if for dramatic effect.
"Well don't give them a chance this time! Because they've got to earn it!"
The party's director of elections, Dublin MEP Brian Hayes, thanked canvassers for braving torrential rain.
Forecasters expect them to be battling the elements, as well as fighting for votes, as the week goes on.