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Taoiseach won't settle for any old Irish junk

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny yesterday launched a new online Irish gift-store which he said won't sell any "junk".

The online store Siopa.com, which will sell speciality Irish made crafts and goods, is specifically targeted at the 40m strong Irish-American audience in the US market.

Mr Kenny said he was happy to support a new export-led business that will tap into the massive Irish Diaspora abroad in a speedy and efficient manner. Brands such as Waterford Crystal, Belleek and Galway Crystal, along with unique products from Ireland's up-and-coming artisans, will be sold on the website.

"I'm also very happy that there is no junk being allowed into siopa.com. These are all quality crafts. They express and cover a range of imaginatively and creativity from the best of Irish artists," Mr Kenny said. The team at Siopa.com commissioned a special piece of jewellery to mark the visit of President Obama.

Mr Kenny said he may personally present President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama with two gifts when they arrive in Ireland on Monday week.

Our picture shows Lulu O'Sullivan, owner of siopa.com, a 100pc owned Irish company, with the Taoiseach and some of the Irish hand-made items on offer at the launch in Dublin yesterday. Maxwells

Irish Independent