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Greece is the word as last-gasp haggling tops the EU summit agenda

Published 11/06/2015 | 02:30

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (left), Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and French President Francois Hollande at a photo call during a European Union and the Community of Latin America and Caribbean states summit in Brussels
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (left), Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and French President Francois Hollande at a photo call during a European Union and the Community of Latin America and Caribbean states summit in Brussels

It's almost seven years to the day (and many of those days were very grim indeed) since Taoiseach Brian Cowen was obliged to do a political 'Walk of Shame' into an EU summit.

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It was June 19, 2008, and the Irish had just roundly rejected the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, a move which rapidly demoted us from the status of eurozone wunderkind straight onto the 'Euro Naughty Step'.

And that was just the start of our economic Ice Age - a period where the beady-eyed EU overlords chucked us in the same Hell-bound handcart as Portugal, Greece and Spain, a quartet of banjaxed PIGS.

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