Extracts from the Presendtial Address by Enda Kenny at The Fine Gael Ard Fheis

The is a great country but it is badly managed by an analog government in a digital age’

‘The rainbow government of ’94 to ’97 put Ireland back in the black with a budgetary surplus for the first time in 3o years. Inflation was kept low and price rises were the lowest in Europe. A corperation taz of 12.5% saw massive investment in the country with 1,000 jobs per week being created, that is our record.

160million euro was wasted on a computer system for the health service that could have delivered 650 more beds to patients.

120million euro on the infamous Bertie Bowl that could have delivered 7million home help hours for our elderly and the families who need it.

60 million euro wasted on e-voting machines that could have delivered 800 more Gardai on our streets – That is their record’

“The Problem inst money, the problem is governemnt complacency and government waste”

“Our nurses have remembered what our government has forgotten and that is their duty to uphold the dignity of life, to look after our people, all of our people, right to the end.”

” The health experts themselves tell us that everyday chaos at A+E is claiming 3 lives. These are note faceless government statistics, these are someones mother, someones father, someones child. The government response? they argue the toss. One day its a crisis, the next its a national emergency – whatever soundbite that will get them through the day. But we know what it is, the people know what it is, its a national disgrace”

” In the last 2 years alone, there was 11,000 serious crimes; Robbery, Rape and Murder committed by offenders out on bail, OUT.ON.BAIL.”

“When the law and order party are back in power, these thugs will be out of business”

“Tonight I am proud how Fine Gael founded our democracy and the institutions of our state. Throughout that proud history we stood by our democratic principles, we stood by the republic, we defended the states institutions against every threat – Even if their are some people who would try to airbrush Fine Gaels huge contribution from our proud and often volatile history”

“Well from Michael Collins through every generation, Fine Gael has done whar it has always done, what we will always so. We put Ireland First”

“The next election will be a transforming moment in our nations history. Ireland will choose between a tired old government that has brought us as far as they can and a new government that will create an Ireland where our children can rare their children confident of a bright future.A proud Ireland, a thriving society, a warm community where family values are important and where economic prosperity is matched with prosperity of mind and prosperity of spirit and thats why I say to our young people, in a very special way, the next election belongs to you because Irelands future belings to you.”

“I am prepared to give you real leadership, desisive leadership in a government of drive and energy. A government focused on the future and committed to delivering the best of that future”

“From the moment I was entrusted with the leadership of this great party, I have worked to build on our great traditions, to empower the next generation, to pull together our respective strengths and our passion for public service, so that we can say to the people without fear and without favour: If you want a government of energy and delivery, if you want a government of ethics and honesty, if you want a government that is driven by your dreams, your rights, your needs, we are that government, we are that government. Through change, change for the better because we are that government. For Ireland, the best is yet to come.”

Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

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