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Kenny TV address to follow RTE news

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny's televised 'state of the nation' address has finally been confirmed for tomorrow night.

He will make a 10-15 minute address from Government Buildings following RTE's 'Nine O'Clock News', his spokesman confirmed last night.

It follows weeks of speculation about the timing and content of the first such address from a Taoiseach in decades.

Mr Kenny announced his plans to make the speech at a Fine Gael parliamentary party early last month and reaffirmed that commitment this week.

Although the content of the speech will not be revealed in advance, it is expected that he will focus on next week's Budget and the crisis in the eurozone.

The speech will not be live but will be recorded "as live" just beforehand, which means that it will not be edited prior to broadcast. TV3 will also show it on Monday morning.


Mr Kenny's spokesman said: "There was a commitment given by the Taoiseach to communicate directly with the people -- we're following up on that."

There had been speculation that Mr Kenny could deliver the address before last night's 'Late Late Toy Show', but this was deemed inappropriate.

The speech will be made under the terms set out in the Broadcasting Act, 2009.

It allows Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte to direct a TV station "to allocate broadcasting time for announcements for and on behalf of any minister of the Government in the event of a major emergency".

It will be the first 'state of the nation' since Garret FitzGerald's 10-minute broadcast in April 1986 on a teacher's strike.

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