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Brussels, 9 March 2011

Congratulation message by President Barroso to Mr Enda Kenny T.D, newly elected Taoiseach of Ireland

The President of the European Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso, has today sent the following message of congratulations to the newly elected Taoiseach of Ireland, Mr Enda Kenny:

"On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to offer you my warmest congratulations on your election as Taoiseach of Ireland.

I wish you and your Government every success in one of the most challenging times in recent Irish history. Ireland is not alone in facing economic and financial difficulties at this particular time. Other European governments are facing similar situations to a greater or lesser degree. The fiscal and reform efforts that are being made by the Irish people are very much appreciated.

One of the key strengths of the European Union is that we can work together to find solutions to our problems. I am very much looking forward to working with you in this spirit and in an open, friendly and constructive way to help your Government steer Ireland out of the current crisis and back on the path to recovery and sustainable growth. You can count on the European Commission for support.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Berlaymont in the coming days."

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