Inside the Xanadu office, Gavin O’Reilly, of Today FM, reports Mr Kenny saying:
“We’re very happy that Ireland will measure up here because the scheme is being designed specifically for this purpose. And, as I say, Europe’s only involvement now is purely for statistical reasons… Government did listen, after Government admitted that it certainly didn’t get everything right here. And it’s dealt with the question of the PPS, and it’s dealt with the question of the bonus regimes, and it’s dealt with the question of what happens after 2019.”
“And I think it should also be said Eileen, if I may say so that the average worker, a single worker on the minimum wage of 35,000 is going to get back €400 in the income tax returns starting in January.”
A Freudian slip from An Taoiseach.
Minimum wage is €8.65 per hour, 39 hours per week, 52 weeks per year = €17,542.
Joan Burton and Enda Kenny this morning at a jobs press conference in government buildings
Tánaiste Joan Burton has not confirmed the remarks she made earlier this week that a family of four adults would pay less than €200 a year in water charges.
Instead, she said in the Dáil her objective and that of the Government was to have a charging regime that is “affordable and where there is clarity and where there is certainty in relation to the pricing structure”.
Wait for it…
Ms Burton pointed to the fundraising dinner that party leader Gerry Adams would attend tonight in New York at $500 (€403) a head. She said that was much more than what an ordinary family would pay for water charges in a year.
“Recent polls show that while support for Marriage Equality is at its highest among young people, over one third of people aged between 18 and 25 are not registered to vote. Therefore, they cannot give that all important tick to equality. Today, along with our Taoiseach, we are urging every single young person in the country to check the register.
“As President of Young Fine Gael, a proud member of the LGBT community and as a citizen of this country, I will proudly be working over the coming few weeks to register as many people as Young Fine Gael can on campuses all over Ireland. Simply put, I just want the same opportunity to marry the person I choose to love as everybody else and I hope that young Ireland can help achieve this.”
Telly’s Brian Ormond Dale McDermott, President of Young Fine Gael.
Enda Kenny and Fionan Sheahan of the Irish Independent at the Dublin Web Summit this afternoon
“So it’s a case of having listened very carefully to people, acknowledged that things were not done, in all cases, in the way they should have been, and move on from there.”
Enda Kenny this morning
“I am not inclined to hold a referendum. I do think it is important here that we should look at the question of strengthening the law. Obviously no political party in Dail Eireann has a proposition to privatise Irish Water. It is already enshrined in law. It will not be privatised.”
Taoiseach Enda Kenny was questioned by journalists on his way into a Cabinet meeting this morning about Irish Water.
It followed reports in de papers that the Government is considering introducing a cap of around €300 for water charges for families with adult children – €124 below the €424 charge set to be imposed on those who fail to register for the utility.
From the ‘doorstepping’.
Unidentified journalist:Páraic Gallagher: “Sorry, Taoiseach, you keep saying clarity and confidence for people. Many people say they just won’t pay this. Would the Government consider getting Revenue involved and forcing people to pay?”
Enda Kenny: “The Government will obviously make its decision, a statement, next week. So it’s a case of having listened very carefully to people, having acknowledged that things were not done in our case as the way they should have been.”