FF plan is the way forward says the outgoing Lenihan
Published 20/02/2011 | 05:00
OUTGOING Finance Minister Brian Lenihan yesterday pledged that Fianna Fail would support the new government on budgetary and economic policy if their decisions were "complementary with our plan".
Mr Lenihan, campaigning in Clonsilla in west Dublin, said that a strong Fianna Fail in opposition was vital, not only to ensure that the four-year plan was implemented, but to act as a safeguard against higher taxation and fiscal irresponsibility.
For those reasons, the minister hoped that the new government would survive for a full term and would provide the stability essential to economic recovery.
Mr Lenihan found it "hard to see" how Fine Gael and Labour could achieve unity of purpose -- given their policy differences -- but he said that Fianna Fail would fully support a national unity of economic policy provided such policies were the right ones as laid down in the four-year plan.