Monday 23 October 2017

Lise Hand: 'We'll get through this' - Enda's all sunny side up on his UK trip

Enda Kenny's response to the question was so speedy that a muffled sonic boom could be heard over the roof of the Reuters building in Canary Wharf.

"Yes I do," he replied crisply. He had been asked if he ruled out the notion of Ireland having to return with well-worn cap-in-hand to the IMF overlords in search of a second bailout -- a grim possibility mooted earlier by Willem Buiter, the chief economist of Citigroup Inc.

But the Taoiseach, who was on a mission to preach positivity throughout his whistle-stop tour of London yesterday, begged to differ. "I don't share that view at all," he replied. "We are in a programme for two years and are meeting the targets and commitments," he said.

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