Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny
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Irish economy bounced back, says Kenny

The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny says that his country's economy, including its banks, are on the upturn.

Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, says that his country's economy, including its banks, are over the worst of their woes.

The country entered a recession in 2008, linked to the global economic downturn.

The government was forced to pump billions of euros into bailing out its banking sector - which had lent heavily during the property boom years, and also launched a National Recovery Plan for the economy.

Mr Kenny told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that the country had got into a "catastrophic" economic situation, but that it had now turned the corner.