Tuesday 21 November 2017

Taoiseach: ‘I accept people’s frustration and anger’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Mark Condren
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Mark Condren
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has accepted the public’s “frustration and anger” at Government policy is being reflected in the Coalition parties’ dismal poll results.

Mr Kenny said “it’s not a good day” Government and noted it had been an especially “hard day” for Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore.

He said the electorate told the Government: “you need to do better”.

He committed to addressing the “concerns and fears” of older people, those with medical disabilities and “hard pressed taxpayers” who have been forced to make sacrifices throughout the recession.

"We will redouble our efforts over the next two years to prove politics can actually work,” he added

“And the end of the day it’s all about our people. They have spoken yesterday (and) the consequences of their decisions will continue for the next couple of years.”

He said he looked forward to the change in Irish politics and the challenges it will bring for the Government.

Speaking to RTE Nine O’Clock News, he said: “you can argue with the decision but you cannot argue with the people.”

He described Gabrielle McFadden’s success in the Longford/Westmeath by-election as tainted with “nostalgia” and “sorrow”.

Ms McFadden will replace her sister Nicky who passed away after battling motor neurone disease.

“She committed to do this for her sister and if she is to be returned, as it is expected, my thanks to the people of Longford and Westmeath for their continued trust in Gab McFadden to carry on the work of her late sister in the way I know she will,” Mr Kenny said.

He also paid tribute to Fine Gael local election candidate Owen Bannigan, who died on Friday evening while canvassing.


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