Weekly Message From An Taoiseach Enda Kenny
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The final European Council meeting of 2015 has been dominated by two key issues- ongoing migration into Europe and Britain’s potential to remain a central member of EU. Yesterday evening was dominated by David Cameron putting forward his case in this regard to his political colleagues.
Despite the very strong levels of support there is in terms of this particular issue, there are some points of contention that need to be worked out and as long as the open and frank discussions on this very important issue continue in the coming weeks I certainly hope this will be the case.
I sent my congratulations yesterday to Arlene Foster on her election as the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. I look forward to building on the already very positive working relationship that exists between the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive and also wish Ms Foster’s predecessor Peter Robinson well as he prepares to step down from the role of in early January.
The World of Talent Showcase took place in Dublin this week and was attended by various Chief Executives and Senior Management of US multinational companies in Ireland including Twitter, LinkedIn, PayPal and Microsoft. There, the American Chamber of Commerce announced that US multinationals in Ireland are expected to create an additional 14,000 jobs here over the next 24 months, very promising news indeed as 2015 comes to a close.
On Sunday, I will to travel to the Middle East with the Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and the Minister for State at the Department of Defence, Paul Kehoe, to visit the Irish peace keeping troops in south Lebanon and the Golan Heights. This is about acknowledging the huge contribution made internationally by the Irish Defence Forces in often very challenging circumstances. I believe that Christmas, when they are duty bound to be away from family and friends, is a particularly appropriate time for the Government to acknowledge their contribution.
I hope that they, and you, have a happy and peaceful Christmas wherever that may be.
Very best wishes.
Enda Kenny TD