“Given the hardship that Fianna Fáil imposed on the Irish people, it is in poor taste for its leader to claim credit for our economic recovery. Ordinary people listening to Deputy Martin this morning will have been infuriated by his desperate attempts to make a virtue of his Party’s role in Ireland’s economic collapse.
“Let me be clear, the economy is not recovering because of the bailout deal which Fianna Fáil negotiated after it had ruined our economy.
“It recovered because of the hard work of the Irish people and because of sensible economic policies conceived and implemented by this Government.
“Our economy is recovering because 135,000 jobs have been created in the last four years. This has been made possible because of sensible measures like the reduction of VAT in the hospitality industry and the abolition of the travel tax.
“The restoration of our international reputation which Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan worked so hard to achieve has been crucial in helping to attract tens of thousands of FDI jobs and the negotiation of the promissory note deal which has been instrumental in reducing the debt burden of the State.
“The tax and USC reductions contained in the last two budgets have been made possible because of our improved economic situation and are facilitating employers to make more jobs available.
“These are the reasons our economy is recovering and people are facing the future with more hope. Micheál Martin’s efforts to underplay the role of this Government in our recovery lacks any credibility.
“We are seeing economic progress, with over 135,000 more people at work, but we cannot take for granted that stability and recovery will continue. We cannot go back to the same old Fianna Fáil who wrecked the economy, have learned nothing from the past and are still the high tax, high spend party.”