Tuesday 26 September 2017

Bruce Arnold: Kenny and Merkel muddy the waters rather than clear them

Taoiseach Enda Kenny along with Angela Merkel and Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite in Brussels last week
Taoiseach Enda Kenny along with Angela Merkel and Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite in Brussels last week

Last night's communique, jointly issued by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, provides little to help Mr Kenny and even less to justify Ms Merkel's remarks at the end of last week's summit.

The two leaders discussed Ireland's plans for a full return to the markets. That is a finely-balanced set of objectives needing much more than what the communique says about reaffirming the June 29 commitment. And the task talked about is no more than an examination of the situation.

Further improvement in the "sustainability of the well performing adjustment programme" needs the removal of the debt burden.

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