High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. EPA/Julien Warnand

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Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney said the cuts in the white fish quotas were ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

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Luke Ming Flanagan said that ultimately his family comes first. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dara Murphy responds to research showing Ireland has worse voting rate of all 28 member states

Workers and members of trade unions block a road outside the entrance to an Audi plant in Brussels on December 8th. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

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Luke “Ming” Flanagan:  had a voting rate of 16 per cent.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Independents Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Brian Crowley monitored by watchdog

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Health professionals with Médecins Sans Frontières at a training session in Brussels prior to their depature for west Africa to deliver care to Ebola patients.  Photograph: MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières workers get safety lessons in tent before going into the field

 EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in an interview with French daily ‘Libération’,  said he had been “weakened” by the Lux leaks scandal. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

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