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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Council of the European Union

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Column: There is a glass ceiling of homophobia in Irish sport
Social inclusion and sport go hand-in-hand – but, within Irish games, there remains two distinct playing fields: one for LGBT people and one for straight people. The time has come to change this, writes Phil Prendergast MEP.
# EU2013IE
Ireland 'made EU diplomats sleep in tents' to force data protection deal
The EU’s justice commissioner says Ireland has been more committed than most to making diplomatic progress.
# 50 First Days
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.
# EU2013
In full: Herman van Rompuy's speech in Dublin today
The President of the European Council is in town to mark Ireland’s presidency of the Council of the EU. Here’s what he said.
# EU2013
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?
# Your Say
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?
# Brussels
Deal on Irish bank debt 'can be reached before 2014' - Kenny
The Taoiseach says discussions on the help Ireland can receive from the ESM can continue before a new banking supervisor is set up.
# European Council
EU leaders repeat aim of splitting bank and sovereign debts
Ahead of Day 2 of a two-day summit, EU leaders say a deal on a new banking regulator is “a major qualitative step”.
# EU2013
Shatter to use presidency to lobby for CAB equivalents across EU
Alan Shatter is hoping to use Ireland’s term leading the Council of the EU to encourage a pan-continental network of criminal asset bureaux.
# Zut alors!
Creighton takes French lessons ahead of Ireland's stint at EU presidency
The junior minister for EU Affairs is preparing for next year’s presidency of the Council of the EU by learning a fourth language.
# Missing
Gardaí launch new alert system for child abductions
A new alert system has been launched aimed at spreading information quickly to the media and public when a child is believed to have been abducted.
# Middle East
EU council urges resumption of Israel-Palestine negotiations
Council reaffirms commitment to a two-state solution and peace in the region.
# Fruit Juice
EU bans adding sugar to fruit juices
Accordingly, the ‘no added sugar’ claim is being banned from fruit juice labels across the EU.
# Bailout Republic?
Battle lines drawn as Europe insists Ireland's banking sector needs its help
As finance ministers meet, Olli Rehn says there’s liquidity crisis in the banks – contradicting Brian Lenihan.