Taoiseach outlines pledges for Ireland's recovery at World Economic Forum

Mr Kenny has written a piece on the forum's website

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The logo is seen in the congress centre ahead of the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland | Image: Michele Limina/swiss-image.ch

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is attending the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from today.

Mr Kenny, who will be there until Friday, says he will promote Ireland as a key location for international business and investment.

The meeting is attended by political and business leaders and heads of international organisations from across the globe.

Writing on the World Economic Forum's website, Mr Kenny said: "Unlike the unsustainable credit-fuelled construction boom and property bubble of the last decade, the recovery of the Irish economy is now driven by exports, business investment and high productivity, and is diversified across a range of sectors".

"The progress we have made is welcome, but it is not enough".

"Unemployment remains too high. Too many families still struggle weekly to make ends meet. Our public finances still need to be fully repaired, and public services and infrastructure need more investment".

"My message at home and abroad will be clear. My government, if re-elected, will continue to implement our long-term economic plan to keep the Irish recovery going", he added.

He says it is based on three steps: continue to create job opportunities, continue cutting personal income tax rates and to continue to fund improvements in key public services and housing.

Mr Kenny will participate in a number of events dealing with the global economy.

This will include a live panel debate to discuss global growth trends, and the role that governments can play in stimulating growth.

An event will also take place attended by senior executives of international companies, organised by IDA Ireland.

Mr Kenny will also meet individually with leaders of several major multinational firms - including from the high-tech, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors.