Wednesday 21 February 2018

'Tone down the rhetoric to help secure a deal' - Kenny

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned that the rhetoric over Ireland's strong stance in the Brexit talks on the Northern Ireland Border needs to be toned down.

Mr Kenny voiced concerns over the importance of language entering such a critical phase of the Brexit talks between the EU, UK and Ireland.

"It is important that the work being undertaken by [Foreign Affairs] Minister Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is focused on having agreement on what will have to be sensitive language in order to achieve the outcome that we want here," he said.

Mr Coveney, in a clear reference to inflammatory anti-Irish material within the UK tabloid press, warned that the UK needed to understand that Ireland would be its biggest friend and ally once the talks enter the trade phase with the EU.

"I am not going to respond to or rise to individual criticisms of me that I have heard over recent days," the Cork TD said.

He added: "I would stand over everything we have done to date.

"Unfortunately, that has triggered some criticism of me and people accusing me of having other agendas, which is completely not true."

Irish Independent

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