Enda Kenny attacks Fianna Fáil record at jobs plan review

Friday 26 April 2013 22.27
Government says there are six measures out of 150 that were not implemented
Government says there are six measures out of 150 that were not implemented

The Government has claimed it has implemented 96% of the measures promised under the Action Plan for Jobs over the past quarter.

The latest quarterly update on the plan says 144 out of 150 measures have been implemented, including announcing plans for more manufacturing jobs, ICT graduates, and investment in research centres.

Six measures were not delivered in the period, including the planned publication of legislation on planning for foreshores, the launching of a new logo for the Local Enterprise Office, and holding a meeting on information security.

Speaking at the launch of the review, Taoiseach Enda Kenny strongly attacked Fianna Fáil's record in government.

Mr Kenny claimed that Fianna Fáil's failure to accept responsibility for the economic crisis was part of an "opportunistic and cynical" approach to politics.

He said the policies pursued during Micheál Martin's time in government led to Ireland's unemployment rate being twice that of Finland, Denmark or Sweden.

He said they had allowed the economy to go over the cliff, fuelled deliberately by Government action in increasing property speculation.

A spokesperson for the Fianna Fáil leader expressed surprise at Mr Kenny’s comments, saying he took the opportunity at a jobs press conference "to resort to old style politics-as-usual".

The spokesperson said: "I think people will be surprised that the Taoiseach is focussed on the work of the Fianna Fáil party, rather than on his Government's increasingly chaotic approach to the major issues affecting the country today.

"Today, we had hoped to hear some acknowledgement that his Jobs Plan simply isn't working and that he has recognised the need for a change in direction."