Taoiseach admits economic recovery has not translated into people's lives

A new Newstalk/Red C poll finds 56% have not seen the effects of the recovery

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny outlines Fine Gael's plan to get Ireland working | Image: Fine Gael

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted his message of "keep the recovery going" has not been understood by people.

Mr Kenny says the weakness in his message is that the recovery has not translated into people's lives.

He said that the coalition needed a second term to complete the job that they were handed a few years ago.

He was speaking to Newstalk.com's political correspondent Páraic Gallagher:

Mr Kenny was responding to a Newstalk/Red C poll into the public attitudes towards the economy shows 56% of adults have not felt the effects of the economic recovery personally.

While just 44% agree that the upturn has benefited them.

Almost four in five respondents believe the recovery is on a two-tier basis, being felt more by some and not others.

However, more optimistically the majority of the population (61%) believe that economic growth is here to stay for the next five years at least.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney told Newstalk Lunchtime the government has made good progress, but needs more time to further improve the economy.

The poll also highlights one-third of those surveyed want to reduce the tax burden through abolishing the Universal Social Charge (USC).

Earlier Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Simon Harris, said one of their goals is to abolish the USC.

1,008 people were polled between Monday and Thursday of last week.

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