Irish face Feb. 26 election; premier lauds economic rebound

February 3, 2016 11:26 AM

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DUBLIN — Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has announced a Feb. 26 election that will pit his 5-year-old government’s record of restoring economic health against critics who accuse him of rescuing banks at the expense of the poor.

Kenny, Ireland’s leader since 2011, fired the first shot of the three-week campaign Wednesday in a social media video message. He said voters should return his centrist Fine Gael party to power because of Ireland’s successful exit from an international bailout and its swift rebound to become Europe’...

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