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Saturday 16 December 2017

Speech is a breeze for visiting Finnish PM

Fiach Kelly

IT was a catch a full back would have been proud of.

Finnish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi held talks with Taoiseach Brian Cowen in Government Buildings yesterday. But Ms Kiviniemi had to act quickly when her papers were blown off her podium by the wind.

Mr Cowen, who later hosted a reception for Ms Kiviniemi in Dublin Castle, praised his Finnish counterpart as she reacted quickly to catch the papers.

"Well held, well held," Mr Cowen said.

The discussions between the pair centred on trade, the economy and EU issues.

Ms Kiviniemi was asked if Finland would be contributing to any EU or IMF fund to help the Irish economy, but she said it was too early to answer such questions.

She said she was confident Ireland would be able to sort its problems out.

Mr Cowen earlier announced a €30m investment in two new venture capital firms in Dublin. The National Pensions Reserve Fund committed the €30m in support of Innovation Fund Ireland.

The fund is a €500m Government initiative to attract international venture capital fund managers to Ireland.

Irish Independent

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