Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny
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Irish economy and banks have turned corner, says Kenny

6 April 2014 Last updated at 10:51 BST

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.