Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Ireland's reign supreme

The Republic of Irelands six-month presidency of the European Union came to an end on June 30, when it handed the baton to the Netherlands. The Republic had presided over a political period in Europe tinged with high drama and historicism. There was the shock result of the Spanish elections and the aftermath of the Madrid bombings and on May 1 there was jubilation as 10 new countries joined the EU.However, before the first firework had exploded and the first champagne cork ...