The Seanad question was one element of a process of change and reform to politics that government has been pursuing.

Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny

Profession: Politician
Nationality: Irish

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My genuine belief is that if we can get through the eurozone crisis from a political point of view, we've got a lot of engines that can drive our economy, that will restore confidence and get us moving on.

I think - whether it's music, literature, sport, art, whatever you want - there's nobody who can stop us if we only apply ourselves with the singular objective of being the best in the world.

You need to talk to people, and you need to hear what it is they have to say.

People understand that you have to do difficult things to sort out our own public finances.

For years, Ireland used to have a philosophy of 'Get them in here to invest and develop in Ireland, and this will sort out our problems.' It is good in the sense of building a trade surplus, but we also want to develop what it is that we offer ourselves and that Irish companies export abroad.

I've often said it: that it is seen to be a place of energy, of excitement, of enthusiasm. That there's something about Ireland.

We link our future to the euro, to the euro zone, and to the European Union while being the nearest neighbor of the United Kingdom with, obviously, a common travel area and a very close working relationship with the U.K.

The re-establishment of a hard border on the island of Ireland would be a step backwards and present an opportunity for others, with malign agendas, to exploit for destructive purposes.

One of the key drivers of Ireland's future is our balance of trade surplus.

As leader of the Fine Gael Party, I will also use our position in the European People's Party to clearly state our views with our European political partners.

Respectability in this country was a bad word because people did things who were in respected professions that let down the entire nation, and we're washing away their sins yet.

We'll look after our hospitals. We'll look after our schools. We'll look after our infrastructure.

By far, the greatest contribution Ireland can make is to lead by example, by actively pursuing its own transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy.

Emigration is always a difficulty.