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Fears for Irish EU presidency as row erupts

THE Government fears a dispute over the EU budget could bog down Ireland's presidency of the union, which starts next year.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told his TDs and senators he hopes the row, mainly between the UK and Germany, is settled during the current presidency, which is held by Cyprus.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is objecting to increases in the seven-year EU budget, which has set him on a collision course with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

But the dispute could derail Ireland's presidency, which Mr Kenny hopes will focus on jobs and growth.

Irish Independent