Enda Kenny

We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Enda Kenny is associated, including Ireland, Revenue Commission, and issue. Most recently, Enda Kenny has been quoted saying: “I'd just like to say in finality, this is what I said to your predecessor on a number of occasions: We would like this to be sorted. It would remove a burden of so many people that they can stand out in the light and say, now I am free to contribute to America as I know I can. While we respect the UK's decision to leave the EU, I continue to believe it is bad for Britain, for Ireland and for Europe.” in the article Ireland’s Prime Minister calls on Trump to support illegal Irish immigrants as he unveils referendum.

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Ireland is an important bridge between the US and the EU. Post Brexit, Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU, at the heart of the Single Market with unfettered access for companies, and in the Eurozone.

I'd just like to say in finality, this is what I said to your predecessor on a number of occasions: We would like this to be sorted. It would remove a burden of so many people that they can stand out in the light and say, now I am free to contribute to America as I know I can. While we respect the UK's decision to leave the EU, I continue to believe it is bad for Britain, for Ireland and for Europe.

Today's announcement is a profound recognition of the importance that Ireland attaches to all of our citizens, wherever they may be.

We did discuss the question of immigration, which is so important to the fabric of our people. And I know that in this country, this is an issue that the administration and the president are reflecting upon...We discussed that very constructively this morning.

I would say to Irish undocumented (living in the US) that if there are small issues, like parking fines or traffic lights or whatever, they should clear those up through their legal people, whether they be in whatever city and that's an issue that can lift the concern and the fear and the anxiety that many Irish undocumented might have.

The United States now gives another immigrant son the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of our common humanity. I know, sir, that you will grasp that unique opportunity with both hands and open arms.

We would like this to be sorted. It would remove a burden of so many people that they can stand out in the light and say, now I am free to contribute to America as I know I can. And that's what people want.

If the allegation was true that the Irish state was doing sweetheart deals with any company, any of the others could say, What about me?

This is not something that happened way back at the dawn of history. This happened in some cases in our own time so we need to follow through here as quickly, as effectively and as sensitively as possible because it's a horrendous situation for those whose siblings were treated in this fashion.

The cabinet this morning were very fully in favor of retaining our pre-clearance and the Attorney General has confirmed that the issue in so far as the legality is concerned is a matter entirely for the United States courts. In so far as Ireland is concerned, we are in compliance with human rights legislation and in accordance with our own constitution.

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.

He is deliberately moving the Church towards the people and particularly towards those who are poor and dispossessed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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