Tuesday 20 March 2018

Taoiseach: Fine Gael are not engaging in auction politics ahead of General Election

Standing firm: Enda Kenny. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Standing firm: Enda Kenny. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has denied that Fine Gael are engaging in auction politics ahead of the General Election.

Mr Kenny said the next government will need to be "very careful and prudent with the management of the public finances.

"We are not going back to the days of boom and bust nor are we getting into the business of auction politics," he said.

It comes after Fianna Fail accused Mr Kenny of trying to cut taxes to a level that won't sustain proper public services.

Speaking in Munich where he is on the final day of a three day trade mission, Mr Kenny said people should re-elect the existing Fine Gael and Labour Party coalition.

"The reason for that is we have built a sense of trust with each other but we have also followed a plan and strategy that fulfilled the mandate the people gave to us which was to fix our public finances and put the country back to work.

"When the election is called the people will have a choice and the choice is continued stability, continued progress, continued prosperity because people can see even this week the beginnings of a return of what they themselves have earned and the challenges they have accepted in their pay packets," he said.

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