AN EU chief has said the Irish presidency will "put a spotlight" on the country and build momentum to show we are coming out of crisis, writes Anne-Marie Walsh.
European Commission Secretary General Catherine Day said she believed the country's second presidency of the EU Council would be the most successful of all, and offered the possibility of economic growth.
"People look for a particular Irish style of efficiency and drive and at the same time, respect for all member states – being small," she told an audience in Dublin.
"And I think the Irish presidency can actually make a difference to the growth agenda."
Ms Day, one of the top Irish officials in the EU, said there were a lot of proposals on the council and parliament's table that "need a push", which could provide opportunities here.
"I think that's where the Irish presidency of different councils and the Irish interaction in its presidency with the European parliament can actually try to build a momentum and a feeling that yes, we're coming out of the crisis, yes we can return," Ms Day added.
She said she was looking forward to seeing the "home team" play in Brussels, "chairing, compromising and wheeler-dealing" as only the Irish can do.