Fianna Fáil Director of Elections Billy Kelleher has said: “This afternoon Enda Kenny made the ridiculous statement that he would never allow Fine Gael to be negative. If he paid attention to his own speeches and his own party’s daily output he would see that attacks are Fine Gael’s primary campaigning method.
“As was exposed months ago, Fine Gael’s core electoral strategy is to attack the opposition, including an instruction to its parliamentary party to focus on the leader of Fianna Fáil. This has been implemented for five months.
“In recent weeks Enda Kenny said to journalists that he would not make a commitment to end the crisis in Emergency Departments while making a commitment to tax cuts which are weighted to the wealthiest. Instead of his bluster he should address the core point that he has not only broken his promise on this issue, he has actually abandoned it in favour of a radical policy weighted to the wealthiest.”