Wednesday 24 January 2018

Enda Kenny insists stable government will be formed

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

ACTING Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted a stable government will be established in Ireland.

In a politically charged speech at an event in US Vice President Joe Biden's residence, Mr Kenny also rounded on anti-austerity parties which he said will not take on responsibilities in the interest of the country.

Mr Kenny is in the country as part of the traditional US visit for St Patrick's Day.

"Right across Europe you have a situation from elections where anti-austerity and populism tend to run from responsibility, not to have the courage to be decisive and make decisions in the interest of the county and the people and Ireland hasn't been unaffected by that," he said.

"My belief is that our country over the next period ahead we will be able to put together a stable government that will last time and do the business of the country.

In his speech, Biden has told Mr Kenny he would have been elected to government if he had run in the United States.

He said the Fine Gael leader was the "most popular guy in his state but still lost" the general election.

"The thing I like about the Taoiseach he, like all of us in politics, he did a hell of a job. He's the most popular guy in the his state, in his county and he lost. He lost seats in the election, he said

When I said something about it to him earlier, I said 'look this is going to work out,'"he added.

"I can assure you if you ran in America you would get 80pc of the vote."

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