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# European Parliament

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# 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.
# European Parliament
MEPs vote in controversial laws that places copyright responsibility on Google and YouTube
Intense lobbying was done by tech giants like Google, which profits hugely from the advertising generated alongside the content it hosts.
# tax loophole
High Court Master says case could be taken against Ireland over special tax treatment given to vulture funds
Edmund Honohan has said there are many similarities to be drawn with the Apple case being taken.
# European Parliament
Billy Kelleher will run as an MEP candidate for Fianna Fáil
Galway TD Anne Rabbitte has also been selected as an MEP candidate for the party.
# Tick tock
Explainer: Here's what scrapping seasonal clock changes will mean
It’s a choice now between brighter evenings or brighter mornings.
# May day May day
Ireland in line for extra summer Bank Holiday as MEPs look to mark Europe Day
A campaign has begun in Europe to create a public holiday across the continent on 9 May.
# reverse112
A new EU directive means it will soon be mandatory for people to be sent SMS alerts during terror attacks
The directive was passed in the European parliament earlier this week.
# plastic
New EU rules aim to cut down on amount of bottled water people drink
On average, every person in the EU consumes up to 106 litres of bottled water every year.
# plastic pollution
EU parliament approves ban on single-use plastics, including straws and cotton buds
The parliament said its ban across the EU targets single-use cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers.
# Farming
Here's what new rules to stop 'unfair' grocery deals could mean for the Irish food sector
Farmers have welcomed moves to rebalance power in the supply chain.
# European Parliament
France's Macron warns MEPs of growing sense of authoritarianism in Europe
Macron addressed the European Parliament for the first time this morning.
# European Parliament
Irish ECB candidate Philip Lane wins backing of key EU parliament committee
The final decision will be taken on 22 March at an EU summit.
# Electrocution
'It doesn't give the fish a chance': Irish MEPs urged to vote against electric pulse fishing
The practice involves dragging an electrified net across the sea floor, stunning all of the marine life in its path.
# bark or bite
MEP McGuinness writes to harassment committee over Ming Flanagan's 'puppy' remarks
Flanagan says the remarks have been taken out of context.
# European Parliament
'The marine equivalent of fracking': Europe to legalise controversial pulse fishing
The European Parliament’s fishing committee allowed a motion to pass legalising the controversial technique.
# EU Parliament
EU parliament president shocked at 'hotbed of harassment' claims
More than a dozen women spoke to the Sunday Times this week and accused politicians of harassment.
# Criticism
'This company has simply treated passengers abysmally': Ryanair criticised in EU Parliament
The airline was criticised it on numerous fronts for its treatment of its workers and passengers.
# Security
Fine Gael MEP says Ireland needs to re-examine its neutrality ahead of Brexit
Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the EU to implement plans for a common defence strategy
# Junck Bond
Juncker lays into 'ridiculous' European Parliament after just 30 of 751 MEPs show up for debate
But his remarks drew a sharp response from parliament head Antonio Tajani.
# France
Marine Le Pen has been charged with misuse of European funds
Le Pen faces claims her party illegally claimed millions of euros from the European Parliament to pay for France-based staff.
# Watch your language
Irish MEPs criticised as term 'mompreneur' used in European Parliament
The word appeared in legislation on women and their role in rural areas which was supported by two Fine Gael MEPs.
# Hold your horses
New laws are coming in to cut 'food fraud' and prevent another horsemeat scandal
But the EU plan stops short of replicating Ireland’s country-of-origin labelling system.
# look behind you
'He’s lying to you' - UK MEP explains why he held up sign behind Nigel Farage
Seb Dance was caught on camera holding up the handwritten message behind Farage.
# portability
New rules will allow you to use Netflix or Spotify unrestricted across the EU
The measures were approved yesterday allowing “cross-border portability” of paid-for online content.
# Mairead McGuinness
This Irish woman is in the running for the European Parliament presidency
McGuinness said that she hoped her gender doesn’t influence the decision either way, and that the position was by no means secured.
# irish coast
Call for more monitoring of super trawlers after dolphin deaths
Irish MEP Seán Kelly said people who break rules should be “dealt with”.
# bite of the apple
MEPs laugh at Jean-Claude Juncker when he says Europe is fighting tax evasion
Earlier, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes said: “Changing the rules, however appalling [they are], is not smart.”
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Luke 'Ming' Flanagan right about other Irish MEPs' poor record of attendance?
The Independent MEP says he’s the only Irish member who regularly shows up for the Agriculture Committee. FactCheck puts that claim to the test.
# Farage-y bargy
"Why are you here?" - An EU chief wasn't impressed with Nigel Farage today
“It’s a pleasure,” replied Nigel Farage.
# geoblock rockin'
Explainer: So what do the EU's new plans for online shopping mean for you?
The aim is to ensure all EU citizens access the same services and prices, regardless of where they’re based.
# European Parliament
Attendance by Irish MEPs in Euro Parliament hits six-year low
One Irish MEP was unable to attend plenary sessions in 2015 due to illness.
Irish MEP left behind in Dublin Airport by Lufthansa
Seán Kelly had been booked on the flight and had paid for his ticket well in advance. And he’s not happy with what happened…
# growing pressure
Egypt government rejects UN mistreatment claim in Halawa case
The organisation made a number of claims in a letter sent last year.
# Cairo
Egypt rejects call to release Ibrahim Halawa as trial postponed again
In a harsh statement, Cairo also called on the European body to reconsider its approach to similar cases in the future.
# Ibrahim Halawa
European Parliament passes resolution calling for immediate release of Ibrahim Halawa
MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the resolution.
# European Parliament
Two right-wing MEPs have been suspended for making Nazi salutes
The men have been suspended for 10 days but will still be allowed to vote.
# Reverse ferret
Is Sinn Féin now in favour of water charges?
Fine Gael says a vote in the European Parliament means Sinn Féin is now in favour of water charges, but the reality is somewhat different.
# carpooling
'Thuggery disguised as protest': Why are so many people against Uber?
Several European countries have tried to ban the app, but where does Ireland stand?