Opinion John Downing

Saturday 18 November 2017

Lucky General Kenny may find himself out of step with G8 chiefs on key issue of tax

TWO coincidences – one happy the other rather unfortunate – frame Taoiseach Enda Kenny's presence at the first G8 leaders' summit to be held in Ireland.

The happy coincidence is rather obvious: if Ireland were not currently the holders of the EU's six-month rotating presidency, Mr Kenny would have been unlikely to attend at the Lough Erne resort. The overlap of Ireland's EU chairmanship and Britain's current stint in charge of the G8, combined with the London government's venue choice of Fermanagh, all added up to giving Mr Kenny a strong presence.

And Mr Kenny's presence is helpful in maintaining the various relationships across these islands. It is true that his input and that of the other EU representatives is limited but that is about the link between the European Union and the G8.

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