Government has nothing to apologise for, says 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."