Taoiseach Enda Kenny at yesterday’s book launch

Belgium is now Ireland’s third largest export market

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Move targets investment, property, exports and travel to annexed peninsula

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel commenting on the tax debate in Brussels  said  “everybody is now in the same boat”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Debate on multinational tax avoidance widens

German chancellor Angela Merkel told the Bundestag that Ireland was a good example of how the economic approach pushed by Berlin could bear fruit. Ireland had “followed consequentially the path of reform” and was now “growing strongly, attracting investment with unemployment dropping step by step”, she said. “This shows what decisive action can achieve.” Photograph: Reuters

Ireland’s corporate tax rate a matter of national competence, says Taoiseach

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny   at the start of the EU summit  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA

Commission president says contributions will not be counted in EU deficits

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. Describing their conversation as “a preliminary discussion”, Taoiseach Enda  Kenny said he would come back to Mr Draghi on the banking inquiry issue “in due course”. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Enda Kenny says he raised issue of ECB attending inquiry at EU summit

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the country is now ‘in a slightly different position’ on the timing of a possible referendum on abortion law followingthe case of a pregnant woman on life support.

Taoiseach says he will not have ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to pregnancy case

The summit  of EU leaders will be  the first under new European Council president Donald Tusk.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Some member states have led push to put aggressive corporate tax planning on agenda

New European Council president Donald Tusk of Poland before a meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels. Today’s EU summit will bethe first under the leadership of Mr Tusk. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Merkel officials concerned Juncker investment plan will be politically led

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