Taoiseach Enda Kenny says Olympic team will do us proud
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny today wished the Irish Olympic team "the very best on behalf of the people of our country and I know they'll do us proud.
"For these athletes to pull on a singlet must be for them a pinnacle of their sporting careers and to compete to win is the possibility of making a dream come true," he said.
Mr Kenny was speaking at the Irish training camp in St Mary's University College in Twickenham which he visited this morning before he attends the Opening Ceremony of the Games this evening.
And he had some advice for the Irish team.
"In many ways this is not unlike politics. You have to believe in yourself and you have to have a sense of conviction and courage," he said.
He spent over an hour chatting to the athletes, accompanied by the Chef de Mission of Team Ireland, Sonia O'Sullivan who selected this quiet campus as the Irish base.
Mr. Kenny, who is accompanied by his wife Fionnuala, will also attend a reception in Buckingham Palace for the heads of state and government who are in London for the Olympics opening ceremony.
He is also meeting with US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney who is currently visiting several countries, including Britain, Poland and Israel.
"I think it's important that meetings like this can take place between representatives of countries with similar approaches to dealing with our culture, our tradition and our people. I look forward to meeting with Mr Romney, expressing to him and reinforcing the links between our two countries," he said.
Unlike the US Presidential candidate who ruffled British feathers yesterday when he criticised the organsation to the Games, the Taoiseach
said: "My general sense iis that the planning that has gone into this is extraordinary and I expect this will be an outstanding Olympics".