Tuesday 16 January 2018

Gov't to publish new economic plan when bailout ends

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

THE Taoiseach revealed tonight that the government will publish a new economic plan when the country exits from the IMF bailout on December 15th.

"We will publish alongside the bailout exit in December on behalf of the government, a new medium-term economic strategy which will be based on enterprise, on job opportunities, rather than on speculation," he said.

"It doesn't mean our problems are over, but it will give us freedom to make choices," he said, adding that that didn't intend "to fall into the trap of fool's fantasy" of looking for credit for things. "Credit for the exit goes to the Irish people because they have carried this on their shoulders".

Mr Kenny was speaking at Fine Gael's annual President's Dinner in the Burlington Hotel last night. The €100-a-head event was attended by over 850 guests, including Finance Minister Michael Noonan, Environment Minister Phil Hogan, Health Minister James Reilly and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

Introducing the Taoiseach to the stage, Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald described him as "a man of humour and resilience and man of warmth and decency".

Opening his address, Mr Kenny joked that when he asked his wife Fionnuala what should he say first to his audience, she advised, "tell them to turn off their phones in case anyone is listening".

It was the tenth President's Dinner attended by Mr Kenny who was elected leader of Fine Gael in 2002.

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