Taoiseach laughs off rumour of European ambition

Enda Kenny being interviewed in Davos.

The Taoiseach has laughed off suggestions that he is on his way to Europe.

Media reports have linked him to the roles of head of the European Commission and head of the European Council.

Speaking to Bloomberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos this morning, Enda Kenny said he is focused on fixing Ireland's economy.

He said we remain vulnerable though we have exited the bailout, and he is continuing to push for the retrospective recapitalisation of banks.

The Taoiseach also dismissed suggestions that he could be on his way to Europe, insisting his ambition is to lead Fine Gael to a second term in office.

"The mandate given to me was to take our country out of an unholy economic mess that we had inherited, and sort out our public finances and get our country working," he said.

"I'm very happy that our people have moved to a point where we had a clear plan and strategy to exit the bailout (and) we now have a strategy to follow though on that with the publication of a medium-term economic strategy.

"That's my mandate. That's the trust the people placed in us and that's what we’ve got to do."

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