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Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan to attend Davos

The Taoiseach and Minister for Finance will join other world leaders at the influential meeting to discuss issues affecting the global economy.

Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan are attending this year’s World Economic Forum at Davos, it has been confirmed.

The meeting of the World Economic Forum at the small Swiss resort of Davos takes place every year when world leaders and influential businesspeople meet to network and discuss issues affecting the global economy.

Christine Lagarde of the IMF, Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron are among the attendees.

The theme of this year’s meeting is ‘Resilient Dynamism’.

The Taoiseach and Minister Noonan will use their time in Davos to set out Ireland’s priorities for the EU during its time as president of the Council of the European Union, and to promote Ireland as a location for business and investment, the government said in a statement this evening.

Enda Kenny will take part in a panel discussion on Thursday morning about the Eurozone crisis along with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, and  Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the first woman to hold the position of Prime Minister of Denmark. The discussion, which will be chaired by Financial Times editor Lionel Barber, will be livestreamed on the WEF website from 10am.

The Taoiseach and Minister Noonan will both participate in an IDA Ireland-organised event on Thursday evening which will involve meeting with senior executives of major international companies.

The Taoiseach caused a stir at Davos last year when he told a panel discussion that Irish people “went mad with borrowing” during the Celtic Tiger years which had helped to fuel the bust.

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