Tag Archives: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD with President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker at Government Buildings last June: Mr Juncker mentioning Ireland during his final ‘State of the European Union’ speech yesterday

Reg writes:

Just when we needed the EU to give us us a break during Brexit negotiations and the emergence of an Irexit party, its outgoing Commission President on the one hand says the EU will show loyalty to Ireland and on the other attacks our corporate tax rate.. With friends like this…

Previously: It’s Druncker He’s Getting


There could be two time zones on the island of Ireland from October 2019, under a proposal announced yesterday by the European Commission.

The proposal, announced by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union Address, would end the tradition of member states alternating between summertime and wintertime every year.

However, Britain, which is due to leave the European Union on Friday 29 March 2019, would continue to change between Greenwich Mean Time and British Summer Time every year.



Clock changes may result in border time difference (RTÉ)

This morning.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2

President of the European Council Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker with Taoisach Leo Varadkar. Mr Juncker will address both houses of the Oireachtas today.

EC President Juncker to address both houses of the Oireachtas (RTÉ)



This morning.

Taosieach Leo Varadkar greets European Chief Negotiator for the UK leaving the European Union Michel Barrnier.



From top: Jean Claude Juncker as seen by the Daily Telegraph‘s Patrick Blower and Mr Juncker’s state of the union speech delivered yesterday


European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union speech.

Readers should note that, on RTÉ’s Six One last night, Tony Connolly reported:

I think people will be going through his speech quite carefully. I mean, look, he says he’s not an integration fanatic and his underlying theme today was he wants a Europe of freedom, of equality, of opportunity and the rule of law.

“And you could see where he was trying to balance, perhaps more ambitious roles for Europe with things that would really chime with public opinion – creating jobs, developing the digital agenda, protecting people against terrorism, having greater intelligence sharing among member states.

“Issues like migration, he said, obviously Europe had a responsibility to show solidarity with the downtrodden from other parts of the world. But, balancing that, by saying if you were an illegal migrant and you had lost your right to stay, then you should be sent home.

I think the Irish Government will be looking very carefully at this idea of dropping the veto on any corporate tax legislation, a very sensitive issue for Ireland. It was in the written speech and it was dropped from the delivery.

“Now I’m led to believe that the delivery is what counts but the fact that he was kind of putting it out there, in the written speech, will raise some questions.

Continue reading