'State of the nation' speech gets put on hold
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny's planned state of the nation address was thrown into doubt last night.
Just a week away from the announcement of the Budget, Mr Kenny's officials insist his proposed live TV speech is not definitely going ahead.
Mr Kenny is considering making his state of the nation address on the economy before the 'Late Late Toy Show' this Friday night.
Government sources insist no firm day or time has been pinned down at all yet, but the primetime slot between the RTE nine o'clock news and the Late Late Show is a contender.
But there remains a possibility he will wait until after the Budget next week.
The Taoiseach told Fine Gael backbenchers almost a month ago of his plans to deliver the speech on the state of the economy.
Yet Mr Kenny's spokesman still isn't officially confirming the address is going to happen.
"There is nothing finalised in regard to if and when it will happen.
"It is completely understandable there would be speculation," he said.
"I'm not in a position to confirm if such an address will take place. I've nothing further to say on the matter.
"If and when, there will be no delay in confirming," he added.