Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has defended his record in government as he prepares to return as Irish Prime Minister next month.
He will succeed Taoiseach Micheal Martin under the terms of the deal which saw Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Greens come together to form a government after the last general election in January 2020.
Mr Varadkar said he had learned after 12 years in government that you don’t know what is going to hit you, referring to war in Ukraine, the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit and a global financial crisis.
When we took power 11-12 years ago we had mass unemployment, we had people forced to emigrate just to find jobs, we did not control our own public finances
He made the comments to the media in Athlone on Friday night ahead of his party’s Ard Fheis on Saturday.
“I think what you want to have in any country is a proven party in government that is capable of dealing with crises, that understands that you need to build resilience to deal with any challenge that comes your way. to you, a party that you can trust in difficult times and a party that can give you the security in difficult times to know that your job, your business, your livelihood will be protected at all costs,” he said. he declares.
“I wouldn’t deny the huge challenges we face in housing, health and justice, but I think we should also recognize the huge progress that has been made over the past 10 years.
“When we came to power 11 or 12 years ago, we had mass unemployment, we had people forced to emigrate just to find jobs, we didn’t control our own public finances.
“Look how different it is now, full employment, a job for everyone who wants one, rising incomes, lower income taxes, huge economic opportunities that wouldn’t have existed in the past.
“We can stand on our record in government.”