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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".

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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.

Sunday Independent

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