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Theresa May hails Enda Kenny's productive links with UK

By Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Theresa May last night paid tribute to Enda Kenny as a strong and consistent friend to the UK.

"I want to thank him for all he has done to maintain the unique and close spirit of co-operation between our two nations, which has gone from strength to strength during his time as Taoiseach," she said.

"On behalf of the UK, I wish him all the very best for the future and look forward to working with his successor, when in place."

Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann said he had found Mr Kenny to be "sincere, courteous and respectful". He added: "He is a pragmatic politician who I believe sincerely wanted to see better relationships established across the border for the benefit of all our people and a man who was implacably opposed to violence."

Alliance leader Naomi Long said Mr Kenny "will be remembered in Northern Ireland for showing a true commitment to the peace process".

"He also displayed a proactive approach to Brexit and realised the damaging impact it will have on everyone on the island, whether north or south, and established a forum to help seek solutions to it," she said.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams TD said he disagreed with Mr Kenny on many political issues, "but I acknowledge that he did his best from his perspective".

But he added: "From Sinn Fein's perspective, this was not good enough."

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