Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf washes her hands in a village  earlier this month while  on a tour of the country, which has suffered greatly from Ebola. She claimed international aid to battle the Ebola epidemic in Liberia was  arriving too slowly. Photograph: Daniel Flynn/Reuters

Ireland to contribute €16m to EU fund needed for equipment and to reinforce exit screening in areas struck by epidemic in west Af(...)

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

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

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi : “We’ve put forward a big package to reduce taxes.” Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Prime minister presses for change to EU fiscal policy to promote growth

Debate rages still as to what  Mario Draghi’s ECB might do next and when. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Two months ago Mario Draghi signalled a tacit shift in ECB policy

The assessed water charge is set at €176 for the first adult, with an extra €102 per additional adult in the home

Taoiseach says new charges package to be announced in coming weeks

Taoiseach Enda Kenny wants Ireland’s high dependence on agriculture taken into account in setting greenhouse gas targets. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Leaders aiming to strike deal to reduce emissions by 40% between 2020 and 2030

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is seeking special concessions over carbon emissions. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Kenny to argue Republic’s dependence on agriculture should be factor in targets

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