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# European Parliament

    # 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?
    # léigh anois go curamach
    Here's why having Irish gives you a big leg up in grabbing a €52k EU job
    It’s ten years since Irish was made an official language of the EU.
    # ttipping point
    Fine Gael MEPs have been compared to fascists
    Flanagan didn’t hold back in his criticism.
    # stars and gripes
    Left-wing campaigners are derailing a US free-trade deal for 'political reasons': Hayes
    Debate on the so-called TTIP was suspended this morning amid angry scenes.
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