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Gilmore vows Irish 'success story'

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has said he is determined that Ireland will be Europe's success story.

The Troika paid their final visit to Dublin last week as the country prepares to exit the European bail-out programme.

Mr Gilmore told a conference in Armagh that the past two and a half years have been a tough, exacting and, at times, frustrating course.

"The economic collapse affected every person in the country. It affected employment, pay and services. It affected confidence. It affected Ireland's reputation," he said.

"It affected the capacity of the Government to make the level of investment in an all-island economy that we would have liked to make.

"But we were determined - determined that Ireland would, once again, offer its people a secure future, a bright future. Determined that Ireland would be Europe's success story."

He said it was because of this drive to be a success story that the Government took decisive action to recapitalise and restructure the banks and why ministers insisted on rewriting the terms and conditions of the bail-out and "tore up" the Anglo Irish Bank promissory note.

"That is why we have prioritised investment in the infrastructure, the training, the reforms that reflect not just our needs now, but our aspirations for the future," he added.

"And it is that future which we look forward to here today."

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