Taoiseach tells global forum Ireland needs 5 years of 'political stability'

Taoiseach tells global forum Ireland needs 5 years of 'political stability'

The Taoiseach has told the annual World Economic Forum that Ireland needs "stability" in government for up to five years to complete Ireland's recovery.

Enda Kenny has told the World Economic Forum that the recovery has only worked so far because of political stability – and that could be put in jeopardy if there is a major political upheaval.

Speaking in Davos this morning, he said he needs at least three more years to make sure an economic turnaround is not lost - hinting that his party needs to stay in power.

"Our recovery is fragile and it's incomplete. We need another three to five years of steady growth and of political stability - negotiating with our European colleagues, so that the people of our country actually feel the benefit of a recovery," he said in a speech.

He also said that politicians need to be clear about their plans and their achievements, creating a "stability of agenda" and a clear track record.

Kenny has joined about 2,500 political, business and social leaders from across the globe for the conference.

The event is seen by the IDA as a good opportunity to promote investment in Ireland.

As part of his schedule, the Taoiseach will have personal meetings with the heads of several major multi-national firms, mainly in the technology and financial industries.


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