Meetings on Second Day of State Visit to Ireland

On the second day of her state visit to Ireland, the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic held meetings with Enda Kenny TD, Prime Minister of Ireland, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, Senator Paul Coghlan, Deputy Speaker of the Upper House of Parliament and members of the Irish Croatia Parliamentary Friendship Group. Following talks with Prime Minister Enda Kenny, President Grabar-Kitarovic said that she wishes to copy the Irish model in Croatia. By investing in education and implementing tax reforms, Ireland stopped emigration and attracted many Irishmen to return from abroad. “From a country of emigration, Ireland has become a country of immigration. I would like to copy the Irish model of investing in education and the IT sector in Croatia, together with the implementation of the tax reform for the purpose of attracting multinational companies,” said the President. Prime Minister of Ireland Kenny said that his country has done much for economic recovery in the past several years, emphasizing the importance “of honest tax policy that can contribute to the economy.” “The unemployment rate has been lowered from 15.2 percent to 6.4 percent within a short time,” he said and advocated the strengthening of trade relations between Croatia and Ireland. He assessed that Croatia has made major strides in a short period of time and emphasized that he fully understands its obligations in Southeast Europe. “Ireland will stand side by side with Croatia in the priorities it has set,” indicated Prime Minister Kenny. Earlier, the President of Croatia met in Dublin with Lord Mayor Brendan Carr (Source: Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia; Photo Source: Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Filip Glas).

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