Taoiseach Enda Kenny leaves Government Buildings yesterday evening. He addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg today to mark the end of Ireland’s six month EU presidency. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES.

Ireland’s achievements during its presidency of the Council of the European Union have bolstered the credibility of the EU, and enhanced its role and (...)

Last week’s Anglo tape revelations shone a spotlight on the existence of internal recordings of private telephone conversations in the finance sector (...)

Joining the EU during a recession is bad enough but Croatia’s own economy is also in severe difficulty: there has been no growth in five years and unemployment is at almost 20 per cent. Photograph: Reuters/Antonio Bronic

Croatia may be just days away from setting off the fireworks in celebration of its entry into the EU, but Luka Zucko is not all that enthusiastic. The(...)

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. seeking support  ahead of next week’s  vote.   Photograph: Frank Miller

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly is campaigning for support from MEPs in Brussels in advance of next week’s vote on the post of European Ombudsman. With the f(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz: warns of battle ahead. Photograph:  Laurent Dubrule

The Government capped six months in charge of Europe’s political agenda with a deal on a new EU budget, an agreement which will trigger the release of(...)

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso with Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a meeting on the Multiannual Financial Framework. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ireland’s EU presidency has reached “political agreement” with the European Parliament on a new seven-year budget for European member states. The deal(...)

A number of senior MEP’s have accused Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore of prematurely claiming that agreement had been reached on the so-called Multi-Annual Financial Framework last week

The Government was under mounting pressure last night to secure agreement on the EU’s seven-year budget ahead of an emergency meeting with top EU o(...)

A protest banner reflected in the eye of Coolmoore Lad from Rathregan Herd, Batterstown Co Meath during a farmers protest  this week calling on Minister Coveney to secure a deal on CAP reform. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish Presidency of the European Council has secured agreement on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, paving the way for the most significan(...)

Speaking in Brussels yesterday evening, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the agreement represents a “hugely significant development in the history of the Cap”.

The Irish presidency of the European Council reached agreement on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy yesterday, paving the way for the most sign(...)

Irish farming groups have been lobbying strongly for a low mandatory minimum payment

The Irish presidency of the Council of the European Union expects to reach agreement on a landmark reform of the Common Agricultural Policy at a serie(...)

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