Taoiseach urges us to celebrate Christmas with 'lightness of heart'
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has delivered a seasonal 'State of the Nation' address -- this time wishing the people of Ireland a peaceful Christmas.
Mr Kenny's annual Christmas message was published yesterday by the Government's website, Merrion Street.ie.
The Taoiseach covers a lot of the same ground as in his national address 10 days ago on the exit from the bailout.
He says three years ago, the arrival of the troika was fresh in the memory.
"Between then and now, every household in Ireland has endured a lot," he said.
Mr Kenny said people had lost jobs and lost family members to emigration.
"Christmas has no doubt brought with it a sense of trepidation to many families with household budgets under pressure," he said. But Mr Kenny struck a more upbeat tone saying there was an increase in jobs created. "We will continue a relentless focus on jobs as we move into 2014," he said.
Mr Kenny accepted not many people were feeling the impact so far but said the economy was starting to recover.
He said people could look forward to the Christmas celebrations with more "lightness of heart".
"I promise you that I lead a Government which will not repeat the mistakes of the past, which threatened our children's futures," he said.