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Taoiseach to make televised address to the country on Sunday night

The address will be broadcast at 9.30pm on Sunday night on RTÉ One television.

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is to make a televised address to the country on Ireland’s exit from the EU/IMF bailout programme on Sunday night, it has been confirmed.

The news was confirmed in a tweet from the government’s official news service, MerrionStreet.ie, and the address to the nation will be broadcast at 9.30pm on Sunday night on RTÉ One television.

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The so-called ‘State of the Nation’ broadcast had been speculated about after a government spokesperson was unable to confirm the Taoiseach’s media arrangements for the bailout exit.

The government is planning a day of media events on Friday to mark the end of the three-year funding programme which officially concludes on Sunday.

The address will be the first of its kind since Kenny spoke in a televised address in December 2011, on the eve of the coalition government’s first Budget.

Sunday’s televised address to the nation means that RTÉ is mandated to provide time for other party leaders to respond to the Taoiseach in similar televised addresses.

RTÉ said today these will be broadcast around its main television news bulletins on Monday.

Read: Taoiseach could do ‘State of the Nation’ as ministers to mark bailout exit on Friday

Read: Government plans to mark bailout exit on Friday the 13th

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