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# eu-presidency - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Cameron move to force vote could open the door for Kenny to take EU President role

Jean Claude Juncker is the favourite for the job, but David Cameron may force a vote that could see Enda Kenny elected.

# eu-presidency - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Column: Will Kenny finish the job he started as a ‘reforming’ leader in Brussels?

If Enda Kenny seeks the position of either President of the European Council or head of the European Commission, he could achieve great things for Ireland and Europe, writes David Moloney.

# eu-presidency - Saturday 1 February, 2014

RTE, health insurance, and the Queen: The week in numbers

Plus: What percentage of people aged 50 and older in Ireland are obese?

# eu-presidency - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

How much did the EU presidency cost Ireland? Less than expected, actually

Nearly €70 million less than last time.

# eu-presidency - Thursday 7 November, 2013

Buongiorno Enrico! Taoiseach meets with Italian prime minister today

Enrico Letta will meet with Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin later.

# eu-presidency - Monday 9 September, 2013

Ireland’s EU presidency ‘confused and inadequate’ on female genital mutilation

In a review, Amnesty International described the government’s approach as “confused and inadequate”.

# eu-presidency - Saturday 13 July, 2013

Government spent over €10k on report into how well its EU presidency went

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has also revealed that €51 million was spent on Ireland’s EU Presidency, around €9 million under budget.

# eu-presidency - Monday 17 June, 2013

Kenny and Obama to discuss EU presidency and bailout, but not Ireland’s tax regime G8

Kenny and Obama to discuss EU presidency and bailout, but not Ireland’s tax regime

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will arrive in Fermanagh later today, where he is expected to hold talks with the US president.

# eu-presidency - Monday 10 June, 2013

Buongiorno! Enda to meet Enrico, Italy’s new prime minister

It’s been a busy past few days for the Taoiseach.

# eu-presidency - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

Column: Straight talk on Bosnia has been sadly lacking during Ireland’s EU presidency

Ireland can no longer afford, financially or morally, to go along with the EU’s current hopeless policy in Bosnia. Now is an opportune time for a fundamental rethink of how the EU should deal with the political situation there, writes Patrick Nulty.

# eu-presidency - Friday 12 April, 2013

Video: How’s 2013 been so far? Here’s what Fine Gael thinks… Fine Gael This post contains videos

Video: How’s 2013 been so far? Here’s what Fine Gael thinks…

The party has released a short video putting a positive spin on events so far this year…

# eu-presidency - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

Column: The EU need not look beyond its own borders to see widespread poverty

At 38 per cent, Ireland has the highest rate of children at risk of poverty in Western Europe. But, far from protecting the vulnerable, the government has introduced austerity measures that mean the rich get richer, writes Richard Manton.

# eu-presidency - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Column: Should we increase school inspections?

The reality is that inspections only offer a momentary window into a teacher’s classroom as an educator. I would challenge the very notion that increasing inspections and appraisals is necessary to help develop better education standards, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

# eu-presidency - Friday 15 March, 2013

400 events promoting Irish arts organised across Europe for Ireland’s EU Presidency

Hundreds of events are taking place across all Member States of the European Union to help promote Irish culture during the country’s EU Presidency.

# eu-presidency - Monday 25 February, 2013

Meeting of European finance chairmen to discuss life after the crisis

Labour’s Ciarán Lynch will today chair a meeting of the chairs of the Finance Committees of each of the 27 EU states.

# eu-presidency - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

In pictures: Michael D Higgins meets President Hollande in Paris Michael D This post contains images

In pictures: Michael D Higgins meets President Hollande in Paris

Lovely weather they’re having in France….

7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency

It’s February 19 – and the 50th day of Ireland’s tenure at the helm of the Council of the European Union.

# eu-presidency - Tuesday 5 February, 2013

Economic crisis has underlined the ‘critical importance’ of the welfare state – Burton

The Minister for Social Protection said that without welfare payment, “millions of families across the EU would literally be left with nothing”.

# eu-presidency - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

The Evening Fix…now with added fake Monopoly boards

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Free Audis ‘only used to bring ministers to hotels’ during EU Presidency

Ministers will be brought to their hotels by car for security reasons, but will join their colleagues on buses after that.

# eu-presidency - Sunday 6 January, 2013

Back to work: Here are the stories you missed over Christmas and New Year

Many of us are returning to work for the first time tomorrow following the festive period. Here is a round-up of the news stories you may have missed. You are welcome.

# eu-presidency - Wednesday 2 January, 2013

Leo Varadkar has a 20-point plan for 2013

The Minister for Transport wants five new Acts, a new road safety strategy, a Luas connection and an independent Shannon.

# eu-presidency - Tuesday 1 January, 2013

Explainer: A crash course on Ireland’s presidency of the EU

Ireland’s six-month stint running the Council of the European Union starts today. So what’s involved?

Poll: Does Ireland’s EU presidency matter to you? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Does Ireland’s EU presidency matter to you?

Ireland formally begins its six-month stint leading the Council of the EU today. How do you feel about it?

Ireland’s EU Presidency is an opportunity to end world poverty

NGOs want the government to press for a strong, European vision for a fairer and more sustainable world in the next six months.

# eu-presidency - Monday 31 December, 2012

Ceremony at Dublin Castle to mark Irish EU milestones

The first six months of 2013 will see Ireland host the EU Presidency.

# eu-presidency - Thursday 27 December, 2012

# eu-presidency - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

Government defends cost of €244k EU presidency website

The website for Ireland’s six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union cost the taxpayer €244,741.71.

# eu-presidency - Monday 17 December, 2012

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Stability, jobs and growth: Ireland’s EU Presidency motto

A deal on bank debt is one of the top priorities, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today.

# eu-presidency - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Oireachtas agenda: Welfare cuts, HSE bailout and the Seanad’s birthday

James Reilly formally asks for a €360 million HSE bailout today, as the Dáil also debates Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence.

# eu-presidency - Monday 10 December, 2012

Column: What could Ireland gain from the EU Presidency?

The EU presidency holds challenges for Ireland – but also offers major opportunities, writes Linda Barry.

# eu-presidency - Saturday 1 December, 2012

Ireland’s EU presidency will cost less than in 2004 – Creighton

EU affairs minister Lucinda Creighton says Ireland’s next stint at the helm will cost far less than the last one.

# eu-presidency - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Kenny: Irish EU Presidency “will be in the business of solutions” Eu Presidency This post contains images

Kenny: Irish EU Presidency “will be in the business of solutions”

The Taoiseach said that the Irish presidency of the EU will be about “stability, jobs and growth”, as the Conference of Presidents began in Dublin.

# eu-presidency - Monday 26 November, 2012

First major event of Irish EU presidency announced EU

First major event of Irish EU presidency announced

The Government will meet the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and chairpersons of the Parliament’s political groups, on Thursday.

# eu-presidency - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Busy man: Taoiseach in Budapest, Vienna and Berlin today

Enda Kenny meets with two heads of government and picks up his ‘European of the Year’ award today.

# eu-presidency - Thursday 1 November, 2012

Taoiseach: Bank debt deal will be dealt with by Finance Minister next year Bank Debt This post contains videos

Taoiseach: Bank debt deal will be dealt with by Finance Minister next year

Enda Kenny has said his meeting with Angela Merkel today will not be about making a decision on a deal for Ireland’s legacy bank debt.

# eu-presidency - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Ireland to promote EU presidency with branded ties and scarves

The Department of Foreign Affairs will offer branded ties and scarves as ‘promotional mementoes’ for the European Council presidency.

# eu-presidency - Wednesday 10 October, 2012

Kenny says vote on Seanad likely in late 2013

The Taoiseach said he does not intend to publish any documentation relating to the abolition of the Seanad until he is satisfied it is all in place.

# eu-presidency - Friday 28 September, 2012

Minister says gender equality crucial to reshaping society and economic recovery

Kathleen Lynch said it may fall to Ireland to advance gender equality in state and corporate boards when we take over the EU Presidency.

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