Taoiseach to address nation over bailout exit

Wednesday 11 December 2013 22.02
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will address the nation after the Nine News on Sunday night
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will address the nation after the Nine News on Sunday night

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to give a national televised address on Sunday night to coincide with Ireland's exit from the bailout programme.

The Opposition will also be afforded airtime by RTÉ after Mr Kenny's address.

Mr Kenny has said that while Ireland will "not be flush with money on Monday morning", the exit from the bailout this weekend will provide a psychological impetus to people.

The Taoiseach said his televised message will be one of thanks to the people of Ireland for having made exceptional sacrifices, as part of a process of fixing the public finances and getting people back to work.

Speaking this afternoon, he said there is a long way to go, but said credit is due to the people of Ireland, who have put up with difficulties and challenges.

Mr Kenny said "the shutters go up behind us" on Monday and Ireland is not going back to the culture that caused the problems.

Safeguards and regulations have been put in place so that does not happen, he added.

The Taoiseach said Ireland now has to move forward with a medium-term economic strategy, which will show the signposts for the time ahead.

His address, expected to be about six minutes in duration, will be shown after the Nine News on RTÉ One this Sunday.

Broadcasts by Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and Independents will be aired around the main RTÉ television news bulletins on Monday.

Several ministers, including Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, will give a number of briefings and interviews on Friday regarding the bailout exit.

Meanwhile, ministers are to meet tomorrow morning to sign off on the Government's medium term economic strategy.