By Elaine Loughlin, political reporter
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has warned the electorate is “sleepwalking its way” to decision they will regret if they elect a different Government.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has also admitted that “hundreds of thousands” of people have not felt the benefits of the recovery.
Speaking at an event in Birr, Co Offaly this afternoon, Mr Bruton said he understood the anger voters may be feeling but advised them not to make a bad decision by voting on the basis of their emotions.
“This in my view is the most important election that I have ever stood in because there is a real danger that Irish voters will sleep walk into making a decision that they will regret for a great number of years to come.
“I understand the hurt that people have felt, I can understand the anger, but this is an election where people need to use their brains and not their emotions.
“We have a choice here, we have a choice between a Government that has a track record, that has a proven ability to grow an economy to give dividend back.
“We have a contrast then, to other parties who have no plan, whose track record has been dismal and who will not deliver the dividends that are needed,” Mr Bruton said.
Speaking on the election campaign Mr Kenny agreed with a poll released today which shows that many people have not experienced an upturn.
“I would agree that the recovery is not being felt by some people,” he said, adding it is for this exact reason why it must be kept going as Fine Gael have promised.
Mr Kenny said: “46% say that they don’t fell the recovery, and 79% say it’s a two-tier recovery, this is very true in hundreds of thousands of cases but that’s what politics is about and that’s what Government is about making decisions that are actually going to impact on everybody.”