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Saturday 26 July 2014

EU's top civil servant: 'Ireland earned badge of honour by coming out of bailout'

Dublin born Catherine Day is secretary general of European Commission

Sarah Stack

Published 24/01/2014|15:02

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High ranking EU official Catherine Day
High ranking EU official Catherine Day

IRELAND earned a badge of honour coming out of the bailout, the EU's most senior civil servant Catherine Day said today.

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Dublin-born Catherine Day, secretary general of the European Commission, claimed 2014 will be a year of “back to normal” with Ireland no longer treated as a special member state under a special regime.

Speaking in Dublin, she said: "Coming out of the programme at the end of the year was a badge of honour.

“It’s something we (in Europe) are very proud of as well.”

She told the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) that this was a crucial year for the European Union.

A return to growth is urgently needed in the wake of the economic crisis, she said, while European Parliament elections will be held and a new Commission President and set of Commissioners appointed.

Ms Day also commended Ireland on the well-organised running of its EU Presidency.

“The ministers and officials involved really did do a very good public relations job for Ireland by showing what a very focused team can do,” she added.

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