Politicians of all parties are likely to enjoy a well-earned break this Christmas after a turbulent and eventful political year. As 2004 comes to an end, it is worth reflecting on those events before looking forward.
This year, the government conducted Ireland's European presidency with distinction, and eventually achieved the remarkable feat of bringing the negotiations on a new European treaty to a successful conclusion.
As is often the way of Irish politics, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern...
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