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Don't be fooled, Ireland's low tax rate is still very much a target for Germany and France, writes Daniel McConnell

Published 24/07/2011 | 05:00

HUGE PRAISE: Fine Gael's Lucinda Creighton applauded leader Enda Kenny's negotiation skills last week
HUGE PRAISE: Fine Gael's Lucinda Creighton applauded leader Enda Kenny's negotiation skills last week

Two weeks ago, a visibly disappointed Enda Kenny said he could not go around smiling like a Cheshire cat all the time. This was in reaction to Gay Mitchell's selection as the Fine Gael presidential candidate.

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In the wake of last Thursday's deal in Brussels, the ginger Kenny Cheshire cat was back in full force. He could barely contain his delight or stop himself from spinning the deal as an individual triumph for him. He delivered on his election promises.

Indeed, on Friday morning, Enda's one-time bete noire Lucinda Creighton paid tribute to her leader's negotiation skills in delivering this deal for Ireland.

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