Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has welcomed the clarity around the election timeline from the Taoiseach. However Deputy Martin said the Taoiseach had fuelled uncertainty during the week by deliberately dodging questions in the Dáil.
He commented: “The Taoiseach has only himself to blame for the political uncertainty created on the timing of the election. It’s clear from the Taoiseach’s comments today that the election will be next year. However the country did not need to be treated to an unedifying spectacle this week of Labour Ministers and TDs appearing desperate to stay in government and Fine Gael representatives leaving the door open to a snap election after the budget for their own political expediency.
“I asked the Taoiseach very straightforward questions on this and other matters related to the Banking Inquiry report on Tuesday and Wednesday and his decision to dodge and to fudge the issue shows his contempt for the Dáil and actually fuelled the uncertainty over the timing of the election.
“It’s difficult to take the Taoiseach seriously when he said he ‘never changed his mind’ on the timing of the election. He has been forced into a humiliating climb-down today.
“When Enda Kenny claims there’s a choice between chaos and stability he clearly doesn’t understand that chaos is exactly what his government is delivering in vital public services including health and housing. Whenever the election is finally called we will be ready and we will campaign throughout the country for an Ireland which serves all of it people and delivers fairness and improved public services.”