TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says Ireland is like 'the comeback kid" as it recovers from the economic crisis.
Ahead of his meeting with US President Barack Obama today, Mr Kenny addressed the American Ireland Fund Gala Dinner in Washington DC last night.
The annual gathering is attended by a VIP guest list of influential Irish-American community leaders, politicians and business people.
This morning, Mr Kenny meets with President Obama for the annual 'Shamrock Summit'.
The Taoiseach said the country has a way to go before the recovery is complete but the signs are good and getting better all the time.
"In America, there's always talk of 'the comeback kid'. We're not the comeback kid yet, but we are coming back and getting back," he said.
Mr Kenny said the Government has stuck to its plan and, as a result, the economy has edged constantly significantly towards the key goals of "stability, recovery and growth".
"The toughest part of the treatment has been applied and it is shown to be working.
"And because it is Ireland’s economy is entering its third consecutive year of growth.
"We have made significant competitiveness gains with prices and costs falling back to 2003 levels.
"Our successful phased return to the bond markets continues apace," he said.