Cowen in economy talks with European leaders
Taoiseach Brian Cowen is holding talks on the economy with European leaders today.
Mr Cowen, who apologised last night for a poor performance on a live radio interview earlier this week, joins other Government chiefs for the EU Council meeting in Brussels.
Talks are also expected to focus on the European Union's external relations and how to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the Lisbon Treaty.
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy will report to the Council on the work undertaken by the task force on economic governance.
The Taoiseach is joined on the trip by Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin and Dick Roche, junior minister for European affairs.