Kenny declares he wants to ‘wave goodbye’ to AJ Chopra

WAVING goodbye to AJ Chopra is among Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s ambitions for Ireland.

Addressing officials on the concluding day of a special conference in Dublin, Mr Kenny said he also wanted to get the country out of the EU/IMF bailout as soon as possible and get Ireland back on track and create jobs.

The Taoiseach appealed to Irish ambassadors to sell Ireland’s good image abroad and said the country wanted to clear its debts and reopen doors for business.

He told 76 Irish ambassadors that he wanted to restore Ireland’s reputation abroad.

“You are abroad wearing the shoes of Ireland and the brand of Ireland and carrying your share of that responsibility on your back. There are two Irelands. There’s the business and the Ireland of the exports and the Ireland of high finance and then there’s the Ireland of disillusionment and people feeling downtrodden and beaten back by waves of black clouds.”

Mr Kenny pledged to remove any bureaucratic red tape preventing embassy officials boosting Irish business abroad.

He also said there needed to be understanding among other European nations that fellow member states should be given room and time to recover.

“If countries are making a real effort, that deserves to be recognised and its far better to get the patient up and healthy again and making a contribution, rather than allow them to continue to stagger.”

Others addressing ambassadors at Iveagh House yesterday included Enterprise Ireland, the IDA, Tourism Ireland as well as Trade Minister Jan O’Sullivan.

The Taoiseach outlined to ambassadors how the Government was trying to tackle the banks, boost employment and was carrying out a spending review. But he admitted funds were limited.

“It’s easy to be in government and have an amount of loot behind you to give out or you think you have to give out...it’s a hell of a different prospect when you find that that cupboard is bare.”

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