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# EU're not for me
Cameron move to force vote could open the door for Kenny to take EU President role
Jean Claude Juncker is the favourite for the job, but David Cameron may force a vote that could see Enda Kenny elected.
Column: Will Kenny finish the job he started as a 'reforming' leader in Brussels?
If Enda Kenny seeks the position of either President of the European Council or head of the European Commission, he could achieve great things for Ireland and Europe, writes David Moloney.
# Prime Numbers
RTE, health insurance, and the Queen: The week in numbers
Plus: What percentage of people aged 50 and older in Ireland are obese?
# Thrifty
How much did the EU presidency cost Ireland? Less than expected, actually
Nearly €70 million less than last time.
# Talks
Buongiorno Enrico! Taoiseach meets with Italian prime minister today
Enrico Letta will meet with Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin later.
# eu presidency
Ireland's EU presidency 'confused and inadequate' on female genital mutilation
In a review, Amnesty International described the government’s approach as “confused and inadequate”.
# eu presidency
Government spent over €10k on report into how well its EU presidency went
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has also revealed that €51 million was spent on Ireland’s EU Presidency, around €9 million under budget.
# G8
Kenny and Obama to discuss EU presidency and bailout, but not Ireland's tax regime
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will arrive in Fermanagh later today, where he is expected to hold talks with the US president.
# Bilateral talks
Buongiorno! Enda to meet Enrico, Italy's new prime minister
It’s been a busy past few days for the Taoiseach.
Column: Straight talk on Bosnia has been sadly lacking during Ireland’s EU presidency
Ireland can no longer afford, financially or morally, to go along with the EU’s current hopeless policy in Bosnia. Now is an opportune time for a fundamental rethink of how the EU should deal with the political situation there, writes Patrick Nulty.
# Fine Gael
Video: How's 2013 been so far? Here's what Fine Gael thinks...
The party has released a short video putting a positive spin on events so far this year…
Column: The EU need not look beyond its own borders to see widespread poverty
At 38 per cent, Ireland has the highest rate of children at risk of poverty in Western Europe. But, far from protecting the vulnerable, the government has introduced austerity measures that mean the rich get richer, writes Richard Manton.
Column: Should we increase school inspections?
The reality is that inspections only offer a momentary window into a teacher’s classroom as an educator. I would challenge the very notion that increasing inspections and appraisals is necessary to help develop better education standards, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.
# Arts
400 events promoting Irish arts organised across Europe for Ireland’s EU Presidency
Hundreds of events are taking place across all Member States of the European Union to help promote Irish culture during the country’s EU Presidency.
# EU2013
Meeting of European finance chairmen to discuss life after the crisis
Labour’s Ciarán Lynch will today chair a meeting of the chairs of the Finance Committees of each of the 27 EU states.
# Michael D
In pictures: Michael D Higgins meets President Hollande in Paris
Lovely weather they’re having in France….
# 50 First Days
7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency
It’s February 19 – and the 50th day of Ireland’s tenure at the helm of the Council of the European Union.
# Welfare
Economic crisis has underlined the 'critical importance' of the welfare state - Burton
The Minister for Social Protection said that without welfare payment, “millions of families across the EU would literally be left with nothing”.
# need to know
The Evening with added fake Monopoly boards
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# eu presidency
Free Audis 'only used to bring ministers to hotels' during EU Presidency
Ministers will be brought to their hotels by car for security reasons, but will join their colleagues on buses after that.
# News you missed
Back to work: Here are the stories you missed over Christmas and New Year
Many of us are returning to work for the first time tomorrow following the festive period. Here is a round-up of the news stories you may have missed. You are welcome.
# Way More Than 5
Leo Varadkar has a 20-point plan for 2013
The Minister for Transport wants five new Acts, a new road safety strategy, a Luas connection and an independent Shannon.
# EU2013
Explainer: A crash course on Ireland's presidency of the EU
Ireland’s six-month stint running the Council of the European Union starts today. So what’s involved?
# Your Say
Poll: Does Ireland's EU presidency matter to you?
Ireland formally begins its six-month stint leading the Council of the EU today. How do you feel about it?
# eu presidency
Ireland’s EU Presidency is an opportunity to end world poverty
NGOs want the government to press for a strong, European vision for a fairer and more sustainable world in the next six months.
# European Union
Ceremony at Dublin Castle to mark Irish EU milestones
The first six months of 2013 will see Ireland host the EU Presidency.
# Ryanair
Politicians and diplomats will fly Ryanair during Ireland's EU presidency
But will their bags fit in the gauge?
# eu presidency
Government defends cost of €244k EU presidency website
The website for Ireland’s six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union cost the taxpayer €244,741.71.
# eu presidency
Stability, jobs and growth: Ireland's EU Presidency motto
A deal on bank debt is one of the top priorities, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Welfare cuts, HSE bailout and the Seanad's birthday
James Reilly formally asks for a €360 million HSE bailout today, as the Dáil also debates Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence.
Column: What could Ireland gain from the EU Presidency?
The EU presidency holds challenges for Ireland – but also offers major opportunities, writes Linda Barry.
# Presidency
Ireland's EU presidency will cost less than in 2004 - Creighton
EU affairs minister Lucinda Creighton says Ireland’s next stint at the helm will cost far less than the last one.
# eu presidency
Kenny: Irish EU Presidency "will be in the business of solutions"
The Taoiseach said that the Irish presidency of the EU will be about “stability, jobs and growth”, as the Conference of Presidents began in Dublin.
# EU
First major event of Irish EU presidency announced
The Government will meet the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and chairpersons of the Parliament’s political groups, on Thursday.
# On the Move
Busy man: Taoiseach in Budapest, Vienna and Berlin today
Enda Kenny meets with two heads of government and picks up his ‘European of the Year’ award today.
# bank debt
Taoiseach: Bank debt deal will be dealt with by Finance Minister next year
Enda Kenny has said his meeting with Angela Merkel today will not be about making a decision on a deal for Ireland’s legacy bank debt.
# eu presidency
Ireland to promote EU presidency with branded ties and scarves
The Department of Foreign Affairs will offer branded ties and scarves as ‘promotional mementoes’ for the European Council presidency.
# Seanad
Kenny says vote on Seanad likely in late 2013
The Taoiseach said he does not intend to publish any documentation relating to the abolition of the Seanad until he is satisfied it is all in place.
# Gender Equality
Minister says gender equality crucial to reshaping society and economic recovery
Kathleen Lynch said it may fall to Ireland to advance gender equality in state and corporate boards when we take over the EU Presidency.