Tuesday 22 August 2017

'Best yet to come' as Kenny urges party to stay 'on message'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: PA
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: PA
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night urged Fine Gael politicians to remain "together" and "on message" as the party heads into its critical period ahead of the General Election.

Mr Kenny told his parliamentary party the country was facing into its "best year" in a long time, adding that the pledge to abolish the Universal Social Charge (USC) will be one of Fine Gael's greatest selling points during the campaign.

The Mayo TD said 50,000 new jobs would be created in 2016 and that the economy was improving "day by day".

"The message from Kenny was effectively: Our best days are still to come," said a source present.

He said the Cabinet would reconvene on January 5, as it was important the Dáil returns because there are 15 bills still to get through. This paves the way for a polling date in late February following the parties' Ard Fheiseanna.

Mr Kenny said the exchequer figures for the end of 2015 would be exceptionally positive.

"Kenny wants us to remain on message. He said the finishing line is in sight and to stay together," said a source at the meeting.

Irish Independent

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