De­liv­eroo re­lieves meet­ing drudgery

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It was a tough start to the week for the Minister for Fi­nance.

Paschal Dono­hoe flew out to Brus­sels on Sun­day evening to be in time for his monthly eu­rogroup meet­ing, which had an early start on Mon­day morn­ing. On Tues­day he was due at the reg­u­lar Ecofin meet­ing to dis­cuss bank­ing union and the dig­i­tal ser­vices tax.

The eu­rogroup meet­ing went on, and on, and on. Ap­pro­pri­ately enough, as the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion was mark­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of the euro, the min­is­ters were dis­cussing mon­e­tary union and se­cur­ing the euro. It had been ex­pected that pro­ceed­ings would wrap up around mid­night, but that didn’t hap­pen.

Dur­ing a break in the early hours, Paschal called De­liv­eroo and or­dered a raft of burg­ers and chips from “Be Burger” for the starv­ing Ir­ish con­tin­gent in the Europa Build­ing. The meet­ing fin­ished at 8am.

The Minister then moved on to his Ecofin ap­point­ment, where all the sleep-de­prived EU for­eign min­is­ters talked un­til mid­day be­fore stag­ger­ing out again. Af­ter a cou­ple of hours’ sleep, Paschal left for the air­port and a Tues­day evening flight home.

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