TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has said his aim is to win a second term.
“The mandate given to me was to take our country out of an unholy economic mess that we had inherited and that mandate was to sort out our public finances and get out country working,” he said.
“I’m very happy that our people have moved to the point where we have a clear plan and plan to exit the bailout. We now have a clear plan and strategy to follow through on that with the publication of the Medium Term, Economic Strategy
“That’s my mandate. That the trust that people placed on us and that’s what we’ve got to do.”
Mr Kenny said the Government recognises that many people have been “squeezed” financially and signalled that the Cabinet would look at tax cuts this year.
“Any relief that can come will be considered carefully by Government,” he said.
Mr Kenny also said that the Government is confident that Irish banks will pass EU-wide stress tests later this year.
Asked if his ambition was to lead Fine Gael into a second term, Mr Kenny said: “Yes it is