Sunday 17 December 2017

Cameron 'admires very much' Irish economic decisions

British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny to 10 Downing Street. Photo: PA

Emily Ashton

British Prime Minister David Cameron has told Taoiseach Enda Kenny he "admires very much" the economic decisions being taken in Ireland.

As Mr Kenny made his first formal trip to Downing Street, Mr Cameron pledged to work "extremely closely" with Ireland as the two nations battle to rebalance their finances.

Mr Cameron said: "It's great to have the Taoiseach here. Enda Kenny and I will work extremely closely, I think we have a lot of closely-shared interests.

"Obviously, with the economic situations in both our countries we need to work together very closely.

"We're both facing a situation where we need to see our economies grow, we're dealing with deficits and debt. I admire very much the decisions you are having to take in your country."

Mr Kenny said: "The links between Ireland and Britain on trade and social contact is something we want to work on."

He said Ireland faced an "enormous challenge" and his government had a mandate to get the country's finances under control.

"Obviously the people want that sorted out and we want to do that with a sense of courage and fairness, and to rebuild connections with our colleagues in Europe, and particularly with Britain," he added.

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