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Video: What the Taoiseach told Obama and 'forgetting the yellow trousers'
Enda Kenny insisted that Ireland was making positive progress on its EU/IMF bailout amid reports of a scathing assessment from the European Commission on certain reforms.

YouTube: Hugh O’Connell

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY continued to push a positive message about Ireland’s progress on its bailout programe in discussions with US Presidnet Barack Obama at the G8 Summit in Lough Erne today.

Speaking to the media earlier today, Kenny insisted that Ireland had complied with 190 conditions of the EU/IMF bailout programme as he was asked about a draft report from the European Commission, which - according to RTÉ today – was critical of the government’s progress on certain reforms.

“One-hundred-and-ninety commitments have been fulfilled completely,” Kenny said  in reference to the memorandum of understand with the Troika, adding that he spoke to Obama about the “success rate’ of the bailout.

He insisted that the government’s progress has been recognised internationally.

Speaking off camera Kenny joked to journalists: “I forgot the yellow trousers today” – a reference to former taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s infamous canary yellow number at the G8 Summit in the US nine years ago (see far left):

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