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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# European Parliament

All time
# stop the clocks
Remember the plan to stop twice-yearly clock changes across the EU? Well, it's stalled - here's why
The summer and winter changes were set to be scrapped from 2021, but there’s disagreement among EU countries.
# vaccination cert
EU moves towards vaccine travel certs and more export curbs
The commission is working to have the vaccine travel certificates ready by June.
# so long farewell
Fine Gael welcomes departure of Viktor Orban's party from their European Parliament grouping
The Hungarian leader has overseen an increasingly authoritarian regime.
# Brexit
'We have found a way forward': Ursula von der Leyen says path to a Brexit agreement is in sight
The European Commission president addressed the European Parliament this morning.
EU medicines regulator says data 'looks robust' as it plans toward Pfizer vaccine approval by end of month
A decision on the approval of the Pfizer/BioNtech is due on 29 December.
# food for thought
MEPs say veggie burgers can still be 'burgers'
The move is seen as a victory for environmentalists.
# Financial Services
Mairead McGuinness confirmed as Ireland's new EU Commissioner
The Fine Gael MEP will replace Phil Hogan, who resigned in the wake of the Golfgate scandal.
# euro star
'More conservative than she appears to be': Who is Mairead McGuinness, Ireland's new EU commissioner?
Ursula von der Leyen said that McGuinness has “significant political experience on EU issues”.
Local councillor Colm Markey is set to be Ireland's newest MEP - but who is he?
Colm Markey will replace Mairead McGuinness as an MEP.
# essential workers
MEPs ask Taoiseach to allow Covid testing as replacement for quarantine on return to Ireland
Billy Kelleher, Seán Kelly, and Ciarán Cuffe have written to Taoiseach Micheál Martin to ask for MEPs to be treated as essential workers for travel purposes.
# euro star
It's a dirty, time-consuming job so why would Paschal want to become head of the Eurogroup?
Experts say that increased Irish influence in Europe could come at a cost.
# David Sassoli
EP President: If we get into debt and don't provide anything, we'll be stealing from future generations
European Parlaiment President David Sassoli says he’s going to push for EU investment in opportunities for young people ahead of an EU financial package.
# EP Webinar
Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
Join and a panel of experts tomorrow to explore another way the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives.
# Female Genital Mutilation
'Consequences of this huge physical intrusion on women are so enormous': MEPs back resolution to end FGM
It comes after a couple were found guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal court last month of carrying out FGM on their young daughter.
# European Parliament
MEP Maria Walsh defies FG and supports motion to block controversial Shannon LNG terminal
A motion to veto the ‘Projects of Common Interest’ list because is contains 55 fossil fuel projects was rejected by MEPs.
# Final Countdown
Pro-remain MEPs sing Auld Lang Syne after EU Parliament backs Brexit deal
A vote by MEPs in Brussels paves the way for Britain to leave the EU on Friday with an agreement in place.
# European Parliament
'Put your flags away': Mairead McGuinness tells off Brexit Party MEPs for waving Union Flags
McGuiness cut off Farage’s mic mid-sentence for disobeying parliament rules.
# European Parliament
'It feels like being in limbo': Two Irish MEPs still unable to take seats due to Brexit delay
All the UK MEPs were due to leave the European Parliament on 31 October, but this now remains up in the air.
# last ditch effort
Leo Varadkar to meet Boris Johnson tomorrow to discuss securing a Brexit deal
Michel Barnier said today that the EU and UK are “not really in a position to be able to find an agreement at this time”.
# European Parliament
A tango in the jungle: Phil Hogan targets US and China in trade brief grilling
“There’s nothing for free when it comes to trade,” Hogan told MEPs this evening.
# Fionn Wallace
Clare Daly defends decision to hire Mick Wallace's son as European parliament assistant
Daly has hired Fionn Wallace as one of her European Parliament assistants.
# new recruits
First week on the job: We checked in with some of Ireland's new MEPs to see how they are getting on
Committee memberships, travel woes and accidentally calling the fire department. All in a week’s work.
# European Parliament
Ann Widdecombe stands by remarks likening Brexit to 'slaves' rising up 'against their owners'
Widdecombe made the remarks during her first speech in the European Parliament.
Mairead McGuinness re-elected First Vice-President of the European Parliament
The Fine Gael MEP secured over 93% of votes cast.
# European Parliament
Former journalist David Sassoli elected as European Parliament President
The Italian socialist was the Vice President of the EP in the last term, and is well liked across the chamber.
# First day of school
What are the rules on dress codes and banners in the European Parliament?
Irish MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace both wore ‘Free Assange’ t-shirts today, so is this allowed?
# backs turned
Turbulent day in European parliament as Brexit Party MEPs turn backs on EU anthem
Irish MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace wore t-shirts with an image of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
# EU Commission
'Let's get serious': EU leaders to meet again amid deadlock in election of new Commission chief
Talks ended without an agreement in Brussels yesterday.
# Wait and See
'Cold storage' MEPs in limbo will have 'no status' in the European Parliament until the UK leaves the EU
Ireland was allotted an additional two seats as part of the redistribution of seats due to UK’s vote to leave the European Union.
# European Commission
The EU's Game of Thrones: Merkel and Macron clash over who should replace Juncker
The German Chancellor prefers Manfred Weber, while Macron wants a centre-left pick, or one of two French candidates.
# ep2019
The Brexit vote: Here are all the MEPs elected for Britain and Northern Ireland
Great Britain and Northern Ireland will send 73 MEPs back to Brussels.
# ep2019
Highest turnout in 20 years across EU as populist right and Greens make gains on establishment parties
Turnout was up to around 51% across the continent.
# European Parliament
'You can't just go in there fawning and gushing like some nodding dog': Dublin candidates set out their stall
10 Dublin candidates talked climate change, housing and the EU defence spend.
# on the defensive
'If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck...' - Dublin MEP candidates clash over potential for EU army
RTÉ’s The Week in Politics saw five candidates debating the issue today.
# hey eu
European elections: What constituency am I in? Who can I vote for?
We’ve got you covered.
# ep2019
QUIZ: Do you know who this MEP is?
Have you been paying attention to these politicians over the last five years?
# ep2019
Peter Casey challenged over immigration during European elections tv debate
“What we can’t afford is to become a haven for freeloaders,” Casey told the Sunday Times.
# the candidates
Here are the candidates running in the European Parliament elections
There are 59 candidates running across the three constituencies.
# European elections 2019
Senator Alice-Mary Higgins launches European election bid
President Michael D Higgins’ daughter joins several high profile politicians on the ballot in the constituency.
# plastic pollution
MEPs approve EU-wide ban on range of single use plastics by 2021
The law passed by 560 votes to 35 in the Strasbourg assembly.