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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Jokey Enda 'bugged' by phones

Greg Harkin

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny made a joke about bugging as he visited a science park to launch 100 new jobs.

His apparently off-the-cuff remark came as he spoke about how Ireland could move forward by embracing new technology and young people.

Speaking to an audience at Letterkenny IT which included business representatives from Derry, Mr Kenny said the days of winding up a telephone to make a call were over.

"You used to have to say 'Rita, can you get off the line?' and sure everyone was listening in . . . maybe they're still listening in," he laughed.

Mr Kenny was in Letterkenny to turn the sod on the expansion of the CoLab facility, creating 100 new jobs and he officially opened Ireland's newest secondary school, the Irish language Colaiste Ailigh.

He said the cross-border cooperation on the new science park – with campuses in Derry and Letterkenny – were part of the jigsaw of building a new peace.

He said he wanted the regions to develop IT businesses here so that "Irish people who build so many other countries can begin to build our own country".

He added: "There is a future for our young people if we are prepared to collaborate and work together."

Irish Independent

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