Taoiseach attends EU summit after issuing apology

Taoiseach attends EU summit after issuing apology

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen will attend a summit of EU leaders in Brussels today, hoping his apology last night will have put an end to the controversy over his radio interview on Tuesday.

Mr Cowen said yesterday that he did not intend to disrespect the country or the people of Ireland when he gave an interview which he said "wasn't his best performance".

But he insisted claims from Fine Gael's Simon Coveney about him were "without foundation".

Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin yesterday admitted the whole episode was damaging, and lessons would have to be learnt.


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