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Ireland's Taoiseach tells voters there's 'no pot of gold' after Coalition's poor election performance

A TIRED-LOOKING Enda Kenny has again excused the Coalition's poor performance at the polls as a direct consequence of being forced to sort out the country's finances.

“The situation that has been put in place by the people yesterday is a stark reminder of frustration, impatience and anger and a wearing out process,” he said on RTE television this afternoon.

He acknowledged that that the government had promised to inform the people of the average for metered water before the local elections.

“We have been listening [but] we’re not by any means perfect.”

“At the end of the day what the government have to do is look after those who are vulnerable to the best extent possible,” he said as he responded to the issue of medical cards.

“What we want to do is take away the fear and anxiety of what people have about losing the medical cards. We live in 2014 – we have to have a sense of Christian compassion in taking care of people,” he added.

The Taoiseach recognised that there had been a “major shift here in people voting for the Independents and Sinn Fein party” in the last two days.

“The decision made by the people stands,” he said but he insisted that the Labour party and Fine Gael “went into government with our eyes wide open”.

“The government stepped up to the mark. No politician wants to say ‘I’ve got to make a tough choice here’. We’ve come a long way in three days.”

During the RTE interview, Mr Kenny appeared to appeal for assistance in making those “tough” decisions.

“If anyone else has a better idea...,” he said at one point.

"We have been very clear with the people that there is no pot of gold," he added.

 

Source: Irish Independent

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