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'Taoiseach will say anything to get elected' - Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin

Published 18/11/2015 | 12:27

Micheal Martin
Micheal Martin

TOAISEACH Enda Kenny will “say anything to get elected”, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed.

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Mr Martin launched a scathing attack on Mr Kenny over the Government’s failure to fulfil its election pledge to introduce universal health insurance (UHI) during its term in office.

He said Mr Kenny spent 10 years telling the electorate Fine Gael will implement UHI if elected to Government.

However, yesterday, the Cabinet was shown an ERSI report that suggested the model being explored would cost families around €5,000 a year, which was seen as too expensive by the Government.

During Leaders Questions in the Dáil, Mr Martin attacked Mr Kenny for shelving his UHI plan which was outlined in Fine Gael’s ‘Five Point Plan’ ahead of the last general election.

Mr Martin said the Taoiseach doesn’t have a “bull’s notion” on how he will implement UHI.

“Language means absolutely nothing to you, you will say anything,” he said.

“You break promise after promise and believe media management will solve everything,” he added.

The Taoiseach said he accepted the report by the ERSI and the Government will continue to seek to end the two tier health system.

During the same debate, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams asked Mr Kenny if he will resign over the UHI issue.

Mr Kenny said Mr Adams asks him to resign “every couple of months”.

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