The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted that people's health care needs will be covered by the Government's planned universal health insurance scheme.

Mr Kenny said people would have to pay extra if they wanted certain rooms in hospitals.

The scheme is set to be introduced in five years time.

But the opposition parties and the Irish Medical Organisation today raised doubts about funding for the scheme.

Meanwhile, Mr Kenny has said he would not be tempted to become President of the European Council should he be offered the position when Herman Van Rompuy retires in the Autumn.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics, Mr Kenny said he would be flattered but that his mandate was in Ireland and he looked forward to two consecutive General Election victories.

“Back-to-back would be great. It is not easy to achieve and we will be judged by the people in just over 104 weeks time.

The Taoiseach said if the Government fulfils its mandate to get people back to work and give opportunities to young people, that “we will fight a good case and we have a good story to tell.”