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Enda Kenny attacks Micheal Martin on eve of FF Ard Fheis over economic policies

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has launched a stinging attack on Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin hours before that party's Ard Fheis.

Mr Kenny said Fianna Fail’s economic policies will "never be forgotten" by those families and communities hardest hit by their legacy.

"Not facing up to their responsibility for Ireland’s economic crisis is just part of their opportunistic and cynical approach to politics which got us into this position in the first place.

"There is further evidence of this in their approach in opposition. Fianna Fail’s hypocritical opposition to the property tax is a classic example of the Party jeopardising economic recovery in pursuit of political gain," he said at the latest progress report launch for the Action Plan for Jobs.

"The question for Micheal Martin is does he accept his Government’s exclusive role in causing the unemployment and debt crises and if he does not then he can never be trusted with the economy again," he added.

Mr Kenny said Fianna Fail's policies drove up public spending based on temporary stamp duty taxes which left us with the highest deficit in Europe.

"Our plan is to develop a sustainable tax base and bring down our deficit to safe levels," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Kenny says 1,000 new jobs are being created by the private sector every month.

The Government says it has implemented 146 out of 150 measures in the past three months under the Action Plan for Jobs.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the plan is tackling "the biggest unemployment crisis" in history.

Mr Kenny said the Government was interested in seeing the impact of the measures.

"It is no success to be able to say we ticked the boxes but nothing happened," he said.

The measures implemented include:

- deliver 2,000 ICT graduates,

- a plan to create 20,000 manufacturing jobs,

- approved investment of €200m in research centres,

- implement a 10 point tax plan for small business,

- an initial €1m investment in Big Data,

- funds worth €850m to provide credit for SMEs.

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