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Meanwhile Enda Kenny defended The Gathering. "The Irish-American diaspora is reputed to be 35 million," he said. "That's about half of the worldwide diaspora of the Irish.
"The Gathering is a very credible, national proposal for 2013 for Irish people and those who want to be associated with Ireland, to come back some time during 2013 and be associated with a number of flagship projects, and so many others of a smaller variety.
"It's not just about wanting them to spend their money."
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