Friday 13 December 2019

Taoiseach warns public of 'stark' choice

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has used his first speech of the General Election campaign to warn that the public face a “stark” choice.

The Fine Gael leader said he would deliver a government that is “stable and accountable”.

He said: “A strong economy is the guarantee of all our children’s future.”

At a press conference in Dublin Mr Kenny faced questions about whether he would take part in TV debates and about the differences in policy between his party and the Labour Party.

But the Taoiseach was keen to stick to his mantra of the need to “keep the recovery going”.

“Ireland has moved back from the economic abyss,” he said, adding: “Our next step is to reinforce the recovery.”

Pressed on how much money was available to increase spending and cut taxes over the next five years, Mr Kenny said he wasn’t getting into “economic jargon”.

“It’s a recovery that has to be lived and felt by people.”

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