The outgoing European Council president Herman Van Rompuy says the decision not to set national  emission targets at this point was taken at the behest of member states.    Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Taoiseach says plan to recognise sector in climate package a big gain for Ireland

Maíria Cahill arriving for talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Enda Kenny ‘very concerned’ about claims IRA sent suspected abusers to the Republic

Mario Draghi:  The president of the European Central Bank’s plea for a “coherent and comprehensive strategy” from European leaders follows growing concern about the lack of economic growth, even in euro zone powerhouse Germany.   Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

European Central Bank chief urges more political action as bank stress test results due

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi:  called for assertive action to prevent a third recession. Photograph: David Sleator

Long shadow of debt crisis added to pressure on EU leaders at crunch summit

Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been arguing against the prospect of ‘unreachable’ emissions targets being set for Ireland at a summit of EU
leaders in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Dairy industry can continue to grow without risk of EU fines for methane gas emissions

David O’Sullivan: the  chief operating officer of the European Union’s diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service

David O’Sullivan, the new EU ambassador to the US, is assuming the role at an important political moment

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for a meeting of the European People’s Party in Brussels ahead of an informal dinner of EU heads of state. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

No objections raised to Ireland’s proposal to make concessions for agriculture

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy is accompanied by his grandchildren and EU leaders  during the group photocall at the EU summit. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Opinion: plan for 2030 has to contend with formidable national challenges

Environmental activists dressed up as corporate lobbyists protest at the European summit in Brussels where government leaders are meeting for negotiations on climate targets. Photograph: EPA

European leaders meeting in Brussels to discuss long-term climate change measures

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