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Enda Kenny quotes
Whatever you think of the American President, this is a man who's elected now by votes of the American people, who is now implementing what he said he would do for the last two years.
I have asked for a complete review of the pre-clearance facilities here in Ireland. I would say that pre-clearance has been of enormous convenience, so these are issues that we are happy to negotiate upon. I intend to accept the invitation ... I think it is really important to say face to face with the president the issues that are really important to us. We have had great influence in the U.S. over the years. We still have that influence and we intend to use it.
We discussed what he might do ... and obviously if that means that he also travels to Northern Ireland, then we will assist in cooperating in making whatever arrangements.
He is deliberately moving the Church towards the people and particularly towards those who are poor and dispossessed.
The picture of Ireland painted by the Commission in its decision, as a country prepared to play fast and loose with the law to gain unfair advantage, could not be more damaging or further from the truth.
I am confident the appeal will succeed because what has happened here is that the European Commission has made a finding with regards to state aid rules, which crosses the threshold into tax competency, which is a matter for each individual country.
In Ireland here, the Revenue Commission have always been completely independent of the state since 1923 and they are quite adamant and quite clear that there was no preferential treatment and no special deals, no sweetheart deals and that Apple paid the taxes that were due on their profits generated here in this country.
We are in full agreement that we do not wish to see any return to the borders of the past on the island of Ireland.
It is important that we should appeal the decision to the European Court to get legal clarity and legal certainty on it, and beyond that I make no apology whatsoever for defending the right to appeal this because this is about Ireland, it is about our people, it's about us as a sovereign nation, actually setting out what we consider our appropriate policies to devise job opportunities and employment careers for our people.
Europe would be much stronger with Britain as a central and fundamental member. So it's a vital issue for Europe, it's a vital issue for Britain, but it's also a pretty good issue for Ireland.
Clearly you sign on for Europe, Europe has rules and the rules must be obeyed.
I have asked Minister Flanagan to draw together a number of senior officials from across the departments until we see what the scale is, what is involved here, and to see if this is isolated or if there are others around the country that need to be looked at.
This is the latest in a series of steps to return Ireland to normal economic and budgetary funding conditions. Like most other eurozone countries, for 2014 we will be in a position to fund ourselves normally on the markets.
Sometimes in politics you get a wallop in the electoral process. I accept the verdict of the people. But I also say in humility in accepting that verdict that there is a virtue in being able to stand before the people and say I did say 4 years ago I would ask you this question.
For us, Seamus Heaney was the keeper of language, our codes, our essence as a people.
Ireland's corporate tax rate is statute-based, very clear, very transparent, and we do not do any special deals with any individual companies in regard to that tax rate.
I believe that today's agreement is a significant milestone. It closes a sad and tragic chapter in our economic and political history. We are now a poor but perhaps a wiser people from the lessons that we have learned.
Ireland's recovery is in Europe's interest and obviously in our own interest – and that's part of our ambition as presidency.
We must not forget that we also have talks on the Multi-annual Financial Framework that will also take some time. Then we have the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and 70 pieces of legislation to put through parliament. I hope that we can deal with the image of Europe and a perception of a union that is actually working towards the particular objectives of growing economies.
Ireland and China have much to offer each other in food and agriculture, in high technology research and in investment. We should make every effort to realise that potential.
I wish I could tell you that the budget won't impact on every citizen in need but I can't. Difficult choices are never easy but we will invest in crucial projects like the National Children's Hospital, school buildings and health centres.
It is grossly unfair to expect the taxpayer to have to pay 100 percent for the reckless lending practices of banks which caused this in the first instance.
I believe for Ireland this current crisis is the darkest hour before the dawn. That we are a people looking always and ever to the new possibilities of a new day, and that new day is here.
Well the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) may think that he can ignore the power of the message of the people yesterday ..i don't believe this government can and from that point of view i believe that the results today will bring a general election closer and I welcome that.