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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# EC

All time
# Dublin visit
Von der Leyen says Ireland’s handling of the pandemic is 'exemplary'
The European Commission President welcomed that Ireland has signed up to the EU Green Cert system.
# total recall
TDs are coming back from their summer holidays early to talk about the Apple tax ruling
TDs are back in the Dáil today to discuss the government’s decision to appeal the European Commission’s Apple tax ruling.
# We Want EU
Looking for a job? Graduates are being urged to think about training at the EU
There are around 1,200 jobs in total.
# tackling the crisis
‘There are more O’Neills and Murphys living in the US than in Ireland’
As the European Commission president outlined plans to deal with the migrant crisis, the Irish government held a broad discussion on the issue today.
# Debt March
Greece has another €10.3 billion in debt due in 2015
And you thought your debts were bad.
# Foreign aid
Should Ireland give more money to those in need abroad?
A new survey also revealed the Irish public’s want to increase the budget for foreign aid.
# Report Card
'The IMF did not sufficiently tailor its advice to countries during the crisis'
An IMF internal review finds that some European authorities thought it was “inappropriate” for the IMF to be seated at the negotiating table.
# favourable terms
It's not just Apple and Ireland. The EU is looking at Amazon's tax deals in Luxembourg
The European Commission claim that terms in a 2003 tax deal allowed Amazon to limit its overall bill to less than 1% of its European income.
Aaron McKenna: 'We don’t need national political castoffs to run an arbitrarily sized bureaucracy'
European Commissioners aren’t picked on any basis of merit or usefulness. It’s no different than most governments, but at least we elect the cabinet together at home.
# Dispute
Indie music labels call in the big guns in their fight with YouTube
The independent music association IMPALA is asking the European Commission to intervene in a dispute over the terms over YouTube’s upcoming music streaming service.
# Back to the drawing board
Does this man know how to fix the Eurozone?
A former advisor to Jose Manuel Barroso says the only way to save Europe is to change direction.
# consumer concern
Google's antitrust case develops as major consumer group joins case
The European Consumer Organisation has applied to be a formal complainant in the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into Google and its search policy.
Greece could get more cash after Troika agree next step in bailout programme
Meanwhile, IMF chief Christine Lagarde denied any wrongdoing as she was questioned for the third time by French prosecutors in a corruption case.
# Eurozone crisis
'Ireland wasn't a victim of the Euro, the Euro was a victim of Ireland's banks'- Barroso
The European Commission President didn’t mince his words last night.
# Bailout exit
"The purpose of the programme was actually to exit the programme" - Noonan
The Finance Minster says that Ireland’s decision not to take a post-bailout credit line was because this was a “benign” time. The Troika say Ireland is in a “strong position”.
# Brussels
EU Budget for 2014 agreed after marathon overnight talks
A 400 million fund to help countries hit by flooding and drought had been one of the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations.
# The Final Countdown
After 12 reviews and at least a few "discordant words," Noonan and Howlin bid farewell to the troika
The Finance Minister described it as a “red letter day” while Howlin said that after years of intensive discussion, the bailout officials had steadily become “friends of Ireland”.
# splitters
So, what has the EU ever done for us?
There’s the roads, of course.
# troika review
Troika want banks monitored after 'disappointingly slow start' on arrears
The conclusion of the Troika’s tenth review mission to Ireland will result in an estimated €2.4 billion being released.
# Pearly Whites
Fancy getting your teeth whitened? You need to know this
Beware of gum burns – and why lasers are not really the answer to getting your gnashers glowing.
# Troika
Talks on public sector pay likely to top agenda on latest Troika mission
Officials from the EU, IMF and ECB arrive in Dublin today to conduct their tenth review of Ireland’s bailout programme.
# Vietnam
US noted Ireland's 'tendency to identify with North Vietnamese' in 1973
In a confidential wire leaked by Wikileak, then US Ambassador to Ireland John DJ Moore spoke about the country’s reluctance to take a lead role in the European Community.
# Food Safety
Montessori among 11 closure orders over food safety concerns
Twelve enforcement orders were served on businesses by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, it said today.
# Portugal
Portugal PM announces severe spending cuts
As the EU warned the debt-hit nation to respect the aims of its international bailout.
# Climate Change
Shortfall in greenhouse gas emissions target may cost Ireland €300m
Six countries – including Ireland – are not on track to cut emissions as required under EU law: the cost of compliance will be great.
# lifesavers
EC says Ireland is free to give grants for defibrillators
An enquiry by MEP Liam Aylward confirms that Government is forbidden under EU law to lift VAT rate on defibrillators – but that the EC says all states could give financial support to offset cost.
# septic tanks
Ireland still paying €12k-a-day fine for septic tank compliance failure
Environment Minister Phil Hogan had vowed to wrap up EPA inspections – needed for the daily fines to stop – before end of last month but deadline has not been met.
# Review
Troika sounds warning note about Ireland's unemployment rate
While the troika was happy with the continued implementation of the bailout programme, it warned that “unemployment remains stubbornly high” and turning into a long-term condition.
# Bailout
Eurozone finance ministers agree to examine Ireland's loan repayments
The deal has been hailed by finance minister Michael Noonan as having the potential to save Ireland billions of euro.
# Scam
EU law to change to guard against 'predatory' directory ad scams
Small business owner are targeted by companies presenting misleading ad contracts and charging up to €5k a year.
# Bailout
Troika completes eighth review of Ireland
Ministers Noonan and Howlin to read out Ireland’s latest report card at noon today. Any guesses at what grade we’ll get?
# Your Say
Poll: Should men and women's car insurance premiums be the same?
A new EC directive on gender discrimination reckons that men and women should pay the same for their motor insurance. Do you agree?
# Europe
Enda Kenny: New EU treaty is 'absolutely in Ireland's interest'
Speaking ahead of next week’s EU summit, the Taoiseach said Ireland had “nothing to fear” from the so-called fiscal compact.
# fiscal treaty
Could EU fiscal treaty go through with just 12 states on board?
Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal team says it has seen a draft of treaty.
# Bailout
Burton insists: 'Nobody is talking about a second bailout'
Joan Burton said she hoped the Troika could comeback to Ireland on their holidays after the bailout programme is completed.
# fishing quotas
Irish Sea prawn fishery reopens - and other fish quotas increase
Cod catches overall will have to be cut by 25 per cent in 2012 – but many other fish quotas are raised after late-night EU negotiations.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think Greece has been 'let off the hook'?
Greece has had 50 per cent of its debt burden written off in crisis Europe deal brokered early this morning. What are your feelings on this? Tell us here.
# Troika
Troika: Irish programme is succeeding but challenges ahead
Following a 10-day assessment of Ireland’s rescue package, the European Central Bank, European Commission and International Monetary Fund remain upbeat on the economy’s future.
# Europe
Ireland 'could benefit' from €50billion EU fund
The huge investment in infrastructure could boost Irish construction companies.