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Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has said his party will rescue the country from financial crisis if it wins power

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has said his party will rescue the country from financial crisis if it wins power

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has said his party will rescue the country from financial crisis if it wins power

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has claimed his party in power would create jobs, fix the health service and rescue the country from financial crisis.

The opposition challenger also pledged to cut the size of Government and make politicians shoulder the burden of pain before everyone else.

At the launch of his party's election plan to "get Ireland working", Mr Kenny again flagged up a number of proposals published during last year.

These included a promise to create 20,000 jobs every year up to 2014, through spending cuts rather than income tax increases; and a pledge to invest seven billion euros in green technology.

The party also plans to abolish 145 state bodies and companies and axe 30,000 public sector jobs over four years.

Other proposals included scrapping the Seanad and cutting the number of TDs by 20.

Fine Gael also wants to dismantle the Health Service Executive and replace it with the Dutch universal health insurance (UHI) system.

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"Once UHI is fully introduced the unfair and inefficient two-tier health system will be eliminated," said Mr Kenny.

"Under the Fine Gael system hospitals will be paid for the number of patients they treat rather than giving block grants.

"We will introduce more affordable GP care by opening up contracts to all qualified doctors."


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