Monday 24 November 2014

Government has nothing to apologise for, says Hayes

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 23/04/2014 | 02:30

Junior Minister Brian Hayes, the Fine Gael Dublin candidate in the European elections, holds up one of his posters (left), and a poster of himself as a 24-year-old when he contested the May 1994 Dublin South-Central by-election, at the launch of the party’s poster campaign in Dubin. Photo: Tom Burke
Junior Minister Brian Hayes, the Fine Gael Dublin candidate in the European elections, holds up one of his posters (left), and a poster of himself as a 24-year-old when he contested the May 1994 Dublin South-Central by-election, at the launch of the party’s poster campaign in Dubin. Photo: Tom Burke
Brian Hayes. Photo: Tom Burke
Brian Hayes TD, European Parliament Candidate for Dublin, at the launch of his poster campaign yesterday; to which he brought a poster he used 20 years ago when he first ran for election. Photo: Barry Cronin

CANDIDATES from government parties have "nothing to be apologetic about" while on the campaign trail, according to Fine Gael Euro hopeful Brian Hayes.

The junior finance minister, who is running for a seat in the European Parliament, said both Fine Gael and Labour had delivered on their pledge to turn the economy around and the electorate appreciated that tough decisions had to be made.

Responding to weekend opinion polls which showed drops in support for the coalition partners, particularly Labour, the Dublin South West TD said he did not believe the polls were "as bad as people suggest".

He said: "I think there is respect amongst the general public for the decisions we've had to do to get this country to a better place. And I think the vote for both government parties will be much stronger than some of the opinion polls are suggesting."

Speaking at the launch of his poster campaign in Dublin city, Mr Hayes said of Fine Gael and Labour candidates: "We've nothing to be apologetic about.

"Both government parties have in the last three years, done exactly as we said we were going do – turn the economy around and get people back to work."

Irish Independent

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