Strong record on the economy
Category : Enda Kenny
Ahead of the General Election in the Spring, we had a very good and productive meeting in Leinster House involving Fine Gael TDs Senators and candidates on Wednesday. Our message to them was very clear – that the central focus for Fine Gael will be to keep the recovery going in light of the Party’s very strong record on the economy since taking office in 2011. Our focus will also be on the creation of more jobs, the reduction of taxes and the creation of better opportunities to invest in public services. Together, this will form the core theme for our Party in the General Election.
Deputy John O’Mahony’s book ‘O’Mahony: Keeping the Faith’ is now on sale in bookshops and online. Having read it myself, I can personally recommend it to you as a very good read and stocking filler if you happen to be buying for a GAA enthusiast this Christmas. John’s record as a manager speaks for itself, having guided Leitrim to their only Connaught title in 1994, and winning All-Irelands with Galway twice, in 1998 and 2001.
Supporting new research and development is a key part of our plan to keep the recovery going by helping to create new jobs and new opportunities for research and, on Tuesday, I was back in the Convention Centre to launch the Government’s new five year National Strategy for Research and Development, Science and Technology – Innovation 2020. In this, we are committing to supporting frontier research across all disciplines, the key criterion for which will be excellent research, which will, of course, in turn, contribute significantly to our continued recovery.
As you know, Ireland 2016 will commemorate the people and events of 1916; remember the last 100 years, and the moments that have forged us as a nation. Yesterday, here in Government Buildings, I announced details of a new national conference entitled Ireland 1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty which will be hosted by NUI Galway in November, 2016. This will focus on Ireland past and present both for academics and the general public and will be a significant occasion as part of the overall centenary celebrations.
Today I am in Armagh for the North South Ministerial Council, which will be the last with Peter Robinson as First Minister. We look forward to continuing to implement the Stormont Agreement now with the Executive and the Government will continue to contribute in this regard as we have always done.
Very best wishes.
Enda Kenny TD