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Tuesday 22 January 2019

'Europe needs to be intelligent in how it adapts to change' - Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told delegates at the MoneyConf that Europe needs to be intelligent in how it adapts to change.

Opening day the final day of this year's MoneyConf event Mr Varadkar referred to Britain's upcoming exit from the European Union saying that where there is confusion "we want to provide certainty and Ireland provides certainty".

Speaking to a packed RDS Mr Varadkar thanked the conference organisers for inviting him to open day three of the event, adding that it was "good for Dublin to have one of the conferences that spun out of the Web Summit back in the place where the Web Summit was born."

Mr Varadkar went on to say that there was no better place to discuss fintech than the city that the Government wants to make the tech capital in the years ahead.

The speech was also used to outline Ireland's credentials as a place for companies to do business, with Mr Varadkar telling delegates that the Government is working to make sure that "we break free once and for all from the boom bust cycle."

"We also want to make sure that living standards improve in all parts of the country...and we are focusing on making it less expensive to live in Ireland."

Among the speakers at the final day of MoneyConf are Jeremy Allaire, co-founder and chief executive of Circle, and Claire Hughes Johnson, chief operations officer at Stripe.

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