[Bono addesses the European People's Party Elections Congress in the Convention Centre this afternoon, top, and Bono with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Enda Kenny]
“I want to give an enormous, enormous shout out. The biggest shout out I have in my heart, to the Irish people for coming through. I’d love to say it was the Troika but I think it was despite the Troika. The Irish people bailed the Irish people out.”
“For all this progress, for all these achievements, nearly 60 years after the Treaty of Rome, Europe is an economic entity that still needs to become a social entity,” he said. “Europe is a thought that needs to become a feeling.”
“Right now, your ministers . . . and your members of the European Parliament are working on another law that could help transform the lives for the poor, and the rest of us, too.”
“It’s a law to inject daylight into the financial system to stop corrupt monies vanishing to ‘safe’ havens and combat money laundering,”
“I know you don’t often do this but I was wondering if you could please help? I have stupidly left my black Ted Baker men’s bag on a bench along the Grand Canal close to Percy Place, Dublin 4, just up from the school house yesterday afternoon at 3.45pm. It had a pair of gold and black quarts earrings which I made for my mom’s 60th birthday; and a grey apron with the name and emblem of the restaurant that I work in, Juniors on Bath Avenue. It’s my mother’s birthday on Saturday and I’m devastated. If there is any chance I can get them back I would be very grateful! There is a reward available.”
President of the European Commission, Herman Van Rompuy and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel this morning on the second day of the European Peoples Party Congress in the National Convention Centre, Dublin.
(Laura Hutton/Photocall ireland)
Angela Merkel at the National Convention Centre with from top: Ukranian presidential candidate Vitali Klitschko; former Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymonshenko and, at government buildings, Eamon Gilmore and Enda Kenny.
[George's Fish Shop, Monkstown Farm, Dun Laoghaire, and (above) a notice from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council]
“Not content with parking costs that are already putting the entire town out of business, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. [DLRCOCO] will now be CHARGING [and fining] retailers and restaurants for plant pots, sandwich boards and tables and chairs outside their premises.”