Tuesday 21 February 2017

Taoiseach comes out swinging - but Sinn Féin morphs into the EU's friend

Published 08/09/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD speaking to media following a working lunch with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk at Government Buildings, Dublin. Discussions focused on the future of Europe and preparations for the upcoming Informal Summit of 27 EU Heads of State and Government in Bratislava. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD speaking to media following a working lunch with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk at Government Buildings, Dublin. Discussions focused on the future of Europe and preparations for the upcoming Informal Summit of 27 EU Heads of State and Government in Bratislava. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Verily, a week can be a long time in politics. Last Wednesday, the Cabinet was struggling to agree a united stance on appealing the EU Commission's €13bn back-tax bill which Ireland must collect from the Apple Corporation.

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By yesterday, the Dáil was back for one day only, three weeks ahead of the end of the summer holiday, to debate the self-same issue.

But there was an air of a foregone conclusion about the proceedings and suggestions the action was elsewhere, as speculation grew about junior minister John Halligan's intentions. And the Taoiseach met EU Council President Donald Tusk at Government Buildings ahead of next week's crucial Brexit leaders' summit.

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