TAOISEACH Enda Kenny got a blessing from a Catholic priest when he turned up for the announcement of 100 new jobs in a fashion and giftware company.
He was visiting the new 6,000ft store by Carrig Donn, the Westport-based company, in the Jervis Street Shopping Centre in Dublin. The company's managing director Pat Hughes got family friend Father Tony King to officially bless the new shop.And he personally blessed Mr Kenny, who has clashed in the past with the Catholic Church over sex abuse inquiries and abortion.
Carrig Donn is creating 100 new jobs over the next two years, with a small number in its knitwear manufacturing plant in Westport and the remainder in its 32 shops. Mr Kenny shrugged off criticisms that he was failing to deliver enough for his native Mayo, saying all parts of the country had been hit by unemployment and that it took time to restore the economy.