Thursday 29 September 2016

Kenny plays steady hand after Brexit

Published 15/07/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: PA
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: PA

A steady hand is "more important" in politics than ever before, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

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In a veiled referenced to the pressure coming on his leadership of Fine Gael, Mr Kenny said no European leader knew where the union was going in the wake of Brexit.

He said the Ireland had learned from our past experiences and had "to continue learning and adapting and investing in the very challenging climate in which we now find ourselves".

The Taoiseach was speaking at the launch of 'Sixties Ireland', a book by Mary E Daly which charts the turbulent history of the country between 1957 and 1973.

Mr Kenny said there were many similarities between that period and now.

"This time we will build from a position of strength and inherited experience," he said.

But he added: "Nobody has charted the way forward. Nobody knows what the way forward will be.

"Obviously events have moved and I congratulate Prime Minister May on her election," he said.

"The next clarity required is what is the intention of the British government? What is their objective?

"What is it they want to follow through on the decision made by the people?

"In modern times it's the unexpected, the issues that arise in different countries, different political system that need and require a steady hand.

"A clear compass point is more important in politics than ever before," he said.

Irish Independent

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