Richard North, 27/06/2004  

According to Ireland online, the Irish government is claiming that its EU presidency is the most successful in history of the Union. Not least of the "achievements" Irish foreign minister Dick Roche lays claim to is that 20 percent of all the legislation put through the European parliament was completed during the Irish presidency.

Other highlights of the Irish presidency include the approval of the draft EU constitution, and hosting the EU/US summit in Co Clare yesterday – which incidentally cost the Irish taxpayers over £2 million for security and which even Brussels officials admit is a "waste of time" (which is why we haven’t bothered reporting it – ed).

If that is the measure of the Irish "achievement", and the government is proud of it, they really are living on another planet.

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