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Cameron 'admires very much' Irish economic decisions

Emily Ashton

Published 18/04/2011 | 16:29

British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny to 10 Downing Street. Photo: PA

British Prime Minister David Cameron has told Taoiseach Enda Kenny he "admires very much" the economic decisions being taken in Ireland.

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As Mr Kenny made his first formal trip to Downing Street, Mr Cameron pledged to work "extremely closely" with Ireland as the two nations battle to rebalance their finances.

Mr Cameron said: "It's great to have the Taoiseach here. Enda Kenny and I will work extremely closely, I think we have a lot of closely-shared interests.

"Obviously, with the economic situations in both our countries we need to work together very closely.

"We're both facing a situation where we need to see our economies grow, we're dealing with deficits and debt. I admire very much the decisions you are having to take in your country."

Mr Kenny said: "The links between Ireland and Britain on trade and social contact is something we want to work on."

He said Ireland faced an "enormous challenge" and his government had a mandate to get the country's finances under control.

"Obviously the people want that sorted out and we want to do that with a sense of courage and fairness, and to rebuild connections with our colleagues in Europe, and particularly with Britain," he added.

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