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Friday 18 April 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

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.

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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