Blog Posts by Ray Donoghue

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Conscientious objection a controversial issue in Italy’s abortion regime

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels It may come as a surprise, but a relatively liberal abortion regime has existed in Italy since 1978. Law 194 was introduced following a determined campaign by women’s groups, but also due to the … Continue reading

Bailing in or bailing out: Depositors and the painful road to a banking union

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels In Ireland we know only too well the cost of burdening the taxpayer with the fallout from a collapsing bank. The sins of the financial sector placed a €64 billion weight on the shoulders … Continue reading

EU Budget 2.0: Crunch Time for Ireland’s Presidency

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels In November EU leaders failed to agree a new seven-year budget to run from 2014 to 2020. At the time Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland would not have much authority going into our presidency … Continue reading

Rough Justice?

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By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent The UN court based in The Netherlands, which was established by the Security Council to consider war crimes perpetrated during the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, is facing into its most difficult year since its … Continue reading

The Irish Presidency: Priorities and Pitfalls

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels Back in June 2004 Bertie Ahern was showered in adulation by his European counterparts. Ireland had just successfully negotiated the mammoth EU Constitution using its storied negotiating skills to reconcile vastly conflicting agendas – … Continue reading

Eurozone: the Great Leap Forward?

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels For three years eurozone governments lurched from one crisis to the next, improvising with one ad-hoc solution after another, amid a rising tide of austerity-driven recession. However, having for so long taken the road … Continue reading

Fears for an EU seven-year glitch

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels This week 27 EU leaders will gather in Brussels to thrash out the next seven-year budget round. While Europe needs to demonstrate to the world it can function in the face of a crisis, … Continue reading

A Bank Debt Deal: The Morning After Optimism

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels When back in June eurozone leaders hatched a deal on bank debt in the early hours of the morning during a summit in Brussels, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny described it as a “seismic shift”. … Continue reading

Money Talks

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By RTÉ Europe Correspondent Paul Cunningham It’s budget time in Brussels – drafting a trillion euro financial plan for the years 2014 to 2020. EU leaders want agreement by November, and so decision time looms. The EU budget is of … Continue reading

Spanish budget may offer bailout clues

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, in Madrid Now that the Spanish budget has been presented we should know more about when the government of Mariano Rajoy will move into full bailout mode. The centre-right prime minister has delayed long and … Continue reading

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