Government to complete its term - Kenny
Published 19/07/2016 | 02:30
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he expects the minority administration to last the "full distance".
The Fine Gael leader said that the current agreement with Fianna Fáil has been put together "in good faith" and that he is determined to ensure that three budgets are passed.
"You know the thing is going to go the full distance," Mr Kenny said when asked about the current political instability.
"The thing is the Programme for Government is based on a five-year term. And we have a supply and confidence arrangement with the Fianna Fáil party, guaranteeing three budgets and the review of the programme at the end of 2018," Mr Kenny said during a questions and answers session at the MacGill summer school in Glenties, Co Donegal.
"I've put this together based on good faith and no surprises.
If there are issues that arise in between naturally they (Fianna Fáil) are entitled to know.
"You can't act as if you have a majority because you don't have a majority, therefore it's very important to share necessary information," the Fine Gael leader added.
Earlier, Social Democrats TD Stephen Donnelly said it is vital that the so-called 'new politics' materialises.
"Our Republic should be one in which every child grows up with the opportunity to achieve their potential," the Wicklow TD said.
"It should be a Republic in which every person can lead a life of dignity - from school, through work and into retirement. It should be a Republic that champions both economic strength and a decent society.
"And that is why we need new politics - because old politics is not suited to this new world. Because old politics will not deliver us the Republic we are capable of creating."