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Brendan Keenan: EU problem, Irish solution?

If the Irish Government feels an EU deal is better than no deal, it will have to box clever

Published 13/02/2011 | 10:33

CORPORATION TAX: It's the elephant in the room, visualised by Banksy
CORPORATION TAX: It's the elephant in the room, visualised by Banksy

THE EU summit the other week did not go well. Should we be glad or should we be sorry?

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By all accounts, Brian Cowen had a torrid time for a second summit in a row. Some will be glad about that, and others sorry. But, since the heat was on corporation tax, most of us will be worried.

One is also told that Mr Cowen gave as good as he got. Even if he were staying around, though, being tough would not be enough. It won't be for his successor either. He will have to be smart as well as tough, but opportunities may present themselves.

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