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Taoiseach Enda Kenny: 'I expect to win the next election'

David Kearns

Published 18/07/2015 | 12:56

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny fully expects to win the next election, saying people had given him their trust before and would do so again.

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With rumours of a general election on the horizon, the Taoiseach said: “I’m never anything than an optimist; I expect to win the next election.”

Speaking to Newstalk’s Bobby Kerr from his home county of Mayo, Mr Kenny said he hoped Ireland would look back on his legacy and say he left behind a better Ireland than the one he was handed when first elected.

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“I believe we can put our country in a place where it will never run back and that means for those on up ahead and on the path of an aging population we can look after them but really you give the generation becoming behind the opportunity not to have to face the catastrophe that we inherited just a few years ago.

“It has nothing to do with ego or self, [people] give you that authority they give you that trust and respect.

“When this Government was elected, you faced your economic circumstances. We had no name, no integrity and our reputation was in shreds and that’s all changed.”

He added: “The important part from a politician’s perspective is that it is an immense privilege to be given the trust of the people and the important thing to do is make decisions in the people’s interest."

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When pushed on whether he would go to Europe if he fails to be re-elected, the Taoiseach said: “I expect to serve the next term as full Government.”

The Fianna Gael leader went on to discuss the agriculture sector and denied that rural Ireland's economy is 'dead'.

“I don’t accept at all anybody’s thesis that provincial Ireland is dead. Yes, there have been catastrophes and yes there are places that have suffered unduly but now the challenge is to make that happen in a different way,” said he said.

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