Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has branded the Taoiseach’s comments about the choice facing voters in the next general election as arrogant, out of touch and an indication of how out of touch with public sentiment Mr Kenny has become.
Speaking at the party’s annual Éamon DeValera commemoration in County Clare this morning, Deputy Martin said “It is increasingly clear that the Taoiseach has lost touch with the Irish public. The public has lost faith in his Government – it is not within his gift to try and define the outcome of the next general election. The fact that he would try is indicative of the arrogance that has defined the last 12 months of Government activity and is an insult to voters. It is up to the people to decide who will be in the next government and it is up to each party to spell out their vision for the future of the country and put forward credible policies.
“Fianna Fáil, now the largest political party in local government across the country, takes that responsibility seriously. We are working to develop a manifesto for the future that moves beyond the pointless sloganeering that has come to define Irish politics and gives the public a genuine alternative that they can believe in.
“Enda Kenny would be much better using the mandate that he has and tackling the very real problems that people are facing in our country, rather than engaging in false debates about the next election. Instead of empty grandstanding in the Dáil or delivering unwanted election speeches, the people have a right to expect that their representatives are working to address the difficulties facing the country.”