At Inspirefest 2016, Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD reminded Europe of the EU’s motto ‘united in diversity’ as the Brexit drama continues to unfold.

Kenny also said that Europe needs to make moves to ensure that more women are engaged in STEM careers.

Kenny said that 118,000 people in Ireland work in STEM-related jobs, but only a quarter of these workers are female.

“In Europe, less than 7pc of STEM jobs are filled by women. This has to change. Inspirefest is a motivating factor and element of making that change.”

He added that, in terms, of the remarkable opportunities in STEM careers, “it is important not to exclude 50pc of our population.”

Words by John Kennedy