Saturday 25 March 2017

John Downing: Yes, EU presidency was successful but tapes blow is serious

Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Taoiseach Enda Kenny attend a meeting on the Multiannual Financial Framework in Brussels.
Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Taoiseach Enda Kenny attend a meeting on the Multiannual Financial Framework in Brussels.
John Downing

John Downing

IN sporting parlance, the Government has pulled a goal back – but there is a long way to go before the damage done by the Anglo Tapes can be redressed.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore brokered a compromise deal on the EU's seven-year €90bn budget. It was an unexpected win and crowns a successful six-month EU Irish presidency, during which there was also progress on EU banking rules, deals on fishery and farming policies and the launch of new trade talks with the US.

Ireland's stint ends at midnight tomorrow and Lithuania's begins. It is worth acknowledging a solid job of diplomatic work well done.

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