Enda Kenny

Weekly Message from An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny

Posted September 19th, 2011

The new Dail term is now underway after the summer break. On entering office, I pledged to lead a transparent Government and I will not sugar-coat the fact that there are challenges up ahead. I want to assure you now, however, that this Government has both the confidence and know how to deal with these challenges in the most effective way and in the most balanced manner possible.

I welcome the fact that the Greek Government has signalled that they are taking further actions to get their public finances in order and I anticipate that this issue will be high on the agenda of the meeting of Euro Area Finance Ministers that takes place at the weekend. In terms of Ireland’s bailout deal, we are firmly on track with our repayments and have met all requirements to date.

On Wednesday of this week, I met with Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers Inc, a company which currently employs approximately 2,300 people here in Ireland. These jobs are based in Limerick and Cherrywood, Dublin. Michael filled me in on the progress of Dell’s first Cloud Centre of Excellence at Cherrywood which is set to create 89 highly skilled specialist programming and engineering jobs. Recruitment is currently underway for these positions, and those who are successful will be responsible for innovating the next generation of cloud computing architectures, application design and prototyping.

Also fact that there are challenges up ahead. I want to assure you now, however, that this Government has both the confidence and know how to deal with these challenges in the most effective way and in the most balanced manner possible.

I welcome the fact that the Greek Government has signalled that they are taking further actions to get their public finances in order and I anticipate that this issue will be high on the agenda of the meeting of Euro Area Finance Ministers that takes place at the weekend. In terms of Ireland’s bailout deal, we are firmly on track with our repayments and have met all requirements to date.

On Wednesday of this week, I met with Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers Inc, a company which currently employs approximately 2,300 people here in Ireland. These jobs are based in Limerick and Cherrywood, Dublin. Michael filled me in on the progress of Dell’s first Cloud Centre of Excellence at Cherrywood which is set to create 89 highly skilled specialist programming and engineering jobs. Recruitment is currently underway for these positions, and those who are successful will be responsible for innovating the next generation of cloud computing architectures, application design and prototyping.

Also this week, I met Mr Kelly Martin, CEO of neuroscience-based biotechnology company Elan, who filled me in on the ongoing progress the company is making. Elan undertakes research, development, and commercial activities for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and for autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

He mentioned in particular the ongoing clinical trials by the company aimed at helping those with Alzheimer’s and Crohn’s disease and also informed me that the company has several very promising drugs in its pipeline which they hope will ease the suffering of those affected by these often devastating diseases.

Both the Tánaiste and Minister Richard Bruton have visited Waterford in the wake of the recent Talk Talk job loss announcement and Minister Bruton has directed IDA Ireland to draw up a jobs action plan for the South East in light of the job losses. In addition, representatives from the Department of Social Protection, the Community Welfare Service, MABS and FÁS are to travel to the Talk Talk facility to deliver a series of joint information presentations to staff, conduct Q&A sessions and generally help them in any way possible.

Yesterday evening, I met with representatives of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Shelbourne Hotel. The board has over 600 CEOs, many of whom are due to travel to Ireland in October for the Global Irish Economic Forum, which President Clinton is also scheduled to attend. I emphasized to them the value of Ireland’s 12.5% corporation tax rate as I know that this will be very important in terms of encouraging overseas business to our shores in the future. The 2nd Global Irish Economic forum takes place on 7 and 8 October and will involve some 280 delegates coming together to generate ideas to kick-start the Irish economy.

Today I am in the South East where I will open a new Irish language centre in Wexford before visiting the new Coca Cola plant in Wexford. I must say that the fact that a global brand in the league of Coca Cola has chosen to cement its base here in Ireland is very positive indeed and I hope and anticipate that this move will send a positive signal to other American multinationals – an unequivocal statement that Ireland is in no uncertain terms open for business. I also plan to pay a brief visit to the Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre which supports businesses startups and the upskilling of workers in Co. Wexford.

I would ask you all to support our Presidential candidate, Gay Mitchell MEP, by visiting his website at http://www.gaymitchell2011.com, liking his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/gaymitchell and following him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/GayMitchell2011 where you can keep up to date with all the news