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#European Parliament

# european-parliament - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

MEPs slam the rejection of gender equality report
# True Colours
# True Colours

MEPs slam the rejection of gender equality report

Mar 11th 2014, 8:08 PM 8,245 Views 89 Comments

The report gave recommendations on how to tackle inequality between men and women in the EU.

'Ming' Flanagan will tell us if he is running for Europe after St Patrick's Day
# Election 2014
# Election 2014

'Ming' Flanagan will tell us if he is running for Europe after St Patrick's Day

Mar 11th 2014, 7:00 AM 7,267 Views 47 Comments

The independent TD is not playing down rumours that he will run for the European Parliament in Midlands North-West.

# european-parliament - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Brian Hayes: This is a serious election for serious people
# Serious Business
# Serious Business

Brian Hayes: This is a serious election for serious people

Mar 9th 2014, 8:15 AM 6,844 Views 61 Comments

The junior minister said he definitely won’t be running in the next general election if he makes it to Europe.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

New cars from October 2015 will call ambulance for you after crash
# Emergency
# Emergency

New cars from October 2015 will call ambulance for you after crash

Feb 26th 2014, 10:30 PM 17,789 Views 81 Comments

Draft legislation for a new initiative was approved by the European Parliament today.

Dáil's youngest TD to be third Fine Gael candidate in Ireland South
# Election 2014
# Election 2014

Dáil's youngest TD to be third Fine Gael candidate in Ireland South

Feb 26th 2014, 1:43 PM 12,755 Views 31 Comments

The Wicklow TD will be added to the ticket later today.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

EU to double Ireland's funding for homeless services like soup kitchens
# Poverty
# Poverty

EU to double Ireland's funding for homeless services like soup kitchens

Feb 25th 2014, 9:16 PM 8,721 Views 56 Comments

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said the increase is welcome but it is still too low considering the scale of poverty across the EU.

# european-parliament - Monday 17 February, 2014

Eamon Ryan: It wasn't too difficult dusting myself down and getting back
# Election 2014
# Election 2014

Eamon Ryan: It wasn't too difficult dusting myself down and getting back

Feb 17th 2014, 7:15 AM 11,874 Views 58 Comments

The former minister thinks he has a pretty good chance in the upcoming European elections, despite his party’s hammering in the 2011 general election.

# european-parliament - Sunday 16 February, 2014

Nessa Childers: A lot of TDs don't understand what it's like to be in my position
# Election 2014
# Election 2014

Nessa Childers: A lot of TDs don't understand what it's like to be in my position

Feb 16th 2014, 5:00 PM 12,685 Views 36 Comments

The independent MEP is taking big financial gamble that could leave her unemployed by the summer.

# european-parliament - Sunday 9 February, 2014

Here's who Labour has picked as its Dublin candidate for the European elections
# Drumroll Please
# Drumroll Please

Here's who Labour has picked as its Dublin candidate for the European elections

Feb 9th 2014, 3:19 PM 11,783 Views 62 Comments

Spoiler: she’s already doing the job.

# european-parliament - Thursday 6 February, 2014

Mitchell cites technicality as he is only Irish MEP to abstain from EU anti-homophobia vote
# On The Fence
# On The Fence

Mitchell cites technicality as he is only Irish MEP to abstain from EU anti-homophobia vote

Feb 6th 2014, 6:30 AM 13,846 Views 56 Comments

The Fine Gael MEP and former presidential candidate was the only Irish MEP not to vote in favour of the final resolution but insisted he supports the resolution.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Emer Costello says former colleague Nessa Childers is in 'a political abyss'
# Shots Fired
# Shots Fired

Emer Costello says former colleague Nessa Childers is in 'a political abyss'

Feb 5th 2014, 2:24 PM 6,643 Views 30 Comments

Costello has linked her new constituency rival to other non-aligned independents in the European Parliament such as the controversial former UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Nessa Childers will run in Dublin in effort to retain European Parliament seat
# Election 2014
# Election 2014

Nessa Childers will run in Dublin in effort to retain European Parliament seat

Jan 29th 2014, 12:00 AM 6,480 Views 30 Comments

The former Labour MEP’s current Ireland East constituency is being abolished.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

23 May the big day for wannabe councillors and MEPS
# Local Elections
# Local Elections

23 May the big day for wannabe councillors and MEPS

Jan 22nd 2014, 12:53 PM 6,413 Views 66 Comments

Fancy a change?

# european-parliament - Sunday 19 January, 2014

Mathews wants all the political parties to support his European Parliament bid
# Election 2014
# Election 2014

Mathews wants all the political parties to support his European Parliament bid

Jan 19th 2014, 8:45 AM 9,945 Views 45 Comments

Ireland needs a “straight-talking team” of 11 MEPs to help negotiate a debt write down, the Independent TD believes, but he has not held talks with any of the parties about joining them or getting their support.

# european-parliament - Monday 13 January, 2014

Column: Will we see a UKIP victory in the European Parliament elections?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Will we see a UKIP victory in the European Parliament elections?

Jan 13th 2014, 7:00 AM 49 Views 73 Comments

The rise of hard right eurosceptic parties ahead of the Euro-Elections is causing some murmurs of concern. But do we really have anything to worry about?

# european-parliament - Friday 10 January, 2014

Fundamental social rights were violated by Troika programmes says EU committee
# Troika
# Troika

Fundamental social rights were violated by Troika programmes says EU committee

Jan 10th 2014, 11:06 PM 15,694 Views 49 Comments

A public hearing in Brussels yesterday heard from MEPs who stated that the social consequences of Troika policies can’t be ignored.

# european-parliament - Thursday 19 December, 2013

Taoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next election
# Enda's Choice
# Enda's Choice

Taoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next election

Dec 19th 2013, 12:30 PM 5,665 Views 78 Comments

Enda Kenny is “flattered” by being linked to two top European jobs that become available next year, but has insisted he intends to lead his party into the next general election.

# european-parliament - Monday 25 November, 2013

'If you've got no vote, you've got no voice' - MEP pushes election registration
# European Elections
# European Elections

'If you've got no vote, you've got no voice' - MEP pushes election registration

Nov 25th 2013, 11:25 AM 3,959 Views 41 Comments

Fine Gael’s Jim Higgins said we fought ‘long and hard’ for our democracy and people should participate in it.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

MEPs back proposal to end practice of 'travelling circus'
# Brussels To Strasbourg
# Brussels To Strasbourg

MEPs back proposal to end practice of 'travelling circus'

Nov 20th 2013, 2:19 PM 7,465 Views 10 Comments

But France is likely to block any changes to the current system whereby MEPs decamp, at considerable cost, to Strasbourg every month.

Airbrushing and body image problems to be addressed by experts & politicians
# Real Life
# Real Life

Airbrushing and body image problems to be addressed by experts & politicians

Nov 20th 2013, 7:30 AM 14,215 Views 71 Comments

One MEP is proposing that all publications featuring airbrushed images should also carry mandatory labelling.

Can you name one of your local MEPs? 91 per cent of Dubliners can't
# Who Dat?
# Who Dat?

Can you name one of your local MEPs? 91 per cent of Dubliners can't

Nov 20th 2013, 6:30 AM 6,203 Views 62 Comments

One of those surveyed answered sincerely that they believed Angela Merkel was their MEP.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

'A great day for Europe': MEPs approve EU's budget for the next seven years
# MFF
# MFF

'A great day for Europe': MEPs approve EU's budget for the next seven years

Nov 19th 2013, 12:37 PM 4,575 Views 50 Comments

The agreement brings to near conclusion a lengthy process of getting 28 member states to agree on its spending priorities for the coming years.

# european-parliament - Monday 18 November, 2013

Tánaiste to discuss situation in Syria at EU foreign ministers meeting today
# Brussels
# Brussels

Tánaiste to discuss situation in Syria at EU foreign ministers meeting today

Nov 18th 2013, 7:30 AM 3,074 Views 17 Comments

Eamon Gilmore said it’s imperative that the UN Security Council Presidential Statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria agreed last month is implemented.

# european-parliament - Sunday 17 November, 2013

'He’s very highly regarded': MEPs back Taoiseach for EU job - but they don't think he'll take it
# Enda's Choice
# Enda's Choice

'He’s very highly regarded': MEPs back Taoiseach for EU job - but they don't think he'll take it

Nov 17th 2013, 8:45 AM 11,847 Views 91 Comments

European Council president Herman van Rompuy is said to have approached one Irish MEP, asking them to find out if Kenny is interested in taking one of two top EU jobs that become available next year.

# european-parliament - Saturday 16 November, 2013

Nessa Childers not decided on which European constituency to run in next year
# Election 2014
# Election 2014

Nessa Childers not decided on which European constituency to run in next year

Nov 16th 2013, 10:00 AM 5,162 Views 19 Comments

The former Labour MEP faces an uphill battle to retain her European Parliament seat next year.

'Having a record helps': Marian Harkin hopes experience will help retain Euro seat
# Election 2014
# Election 2014

'Having a record helps': Marian Harkin hopes experience will help retain Euro seat

Nov 16th 2013, 8:30 AM 4,347 Views 10 Comments

The former TD is the sitting MEP for ‘Ireland North-West’ but will compete in vastly expanded ‘Midlands-North-West’ constituency next year.

'I'm not confident, but I am hopeful': New boundaries create new challenges for FG's MEPs
# Election 2014
# Election 2014

'I'm not confident, but I am hopeful': New boundaries create new challenges for FG's MEPs

Nov 16th 2013, 7:45 AM 4,863 Views 37 Comments

While the focus has been on Dublin and how to replace Gay Mitchell, Fine Gael is targeting half of the eight seats outside of the capital.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

EU Budget for 2014 agreed after marathon overnight talks
# Brussels
# Brussels

EU Budget for 2014 agreed after marathon overnight talks

Nov 12th 2013, 8:20 AM 3,437 Views 20 Comments

A 400 million fund to help countries hit by flooding and drought had been one of the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations.

# european-parliament - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Israeli settlements in Palestine 'single biggest obstruction to peace'
# Palestine
# Palestine

Israeli settlements in Palestine 'single biggest obstruction to peace'

Nov 2nd 2013, 7:30 AM 4,724 Views 116 Comments

Following a visit to Palestine, Irish MEP Emer Costello said the rapid expansion of these settlements was resulting in “the death of so many communities”.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

MEPs agree legislation to avoid repeat of PIP breast implant scandal
# Implants
# Implants

MEPs agree legislation to avoid repeat of PIP breast implant scandal

Oct 22nd 2013, 7:44 PM 4,142 Views 4 Comments

The proposed legislation seeks to improve transparency of information for patients and medical staff.

# european-parliament - Friday 11 October, 2013

'They'd do an excellent job': MEP says senators should scrutinise EU legislation
# Seanad Reform
# Seanad Reform

'They'd do an excellent job': MEP says senators should scrutinise EU legislation

Oct 11th 2013, 6:45 AM 2,877 Views 11 Comments

What to do with senators now they’re saved? Seán Kelly has an idea…

# european-parliament - Monday 7 October, 2013

Taoiseach calls for no change to tobacco health warnings
# Smoking
# Smoking

Taoiseach calls for no change to tobacco health warnings

Oct 7th 2013, 6:22 PM 8,461 Views 60 Comments

Cigarette companies have been accused of spending millions to influence new European directives on tobacco, but Enda Kenny and James Reilly are asking their European counterparts to vote against any change to warning labels.

# european-parliament - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Large constituencies mean European elections 'will become more presidential'
# Election 2014
# Election 2014

Large constituencies mean European elections 'will become more presidential'

Oct 5th 2013, 8:15 AM 3,101 Views 7 Comments

Phil Hogan believes candidates will need at least €100,000 if they want to be elected to the European Parliament next year.

# european-parliament - Monday 30 September, 2013

Tomorrow is Emily O'Reilly's first day as European Ombudsman
# Europe
# Europe

Tomorrow is Emily O'Reilly's first day as European Ombudsman

Sep 30th 2013, 10:32 AM 4,339 Views 20 Comments

O’Reilly said today that she will focus on bridging the cap between citizens and EU institutions.

# european-parliament - Friday 13 September, 2013

We should be using more seaweed to power things, MEPs say
# Biofuels
# Biofuels

We should be using more seaweed to power things, MEPs say

Sep 13th 2013, 6:15 AM 4,535 Views 27 Comments

MEPs want a cap placed on the use of less environmentally friendly biofuels, and a switch to fuels derived from seaweed and other sources.

# european-parliament - Thursday 12 September, 2013

Fine Gael MEP says he'll "resist any move" to oust him
# European Elections
# European Elections

Fine Gael MEP says he'll "resist any move" to oust him

Sep 12th 2013, 6:45 AM 6,292 Views 29 Comments

Jim Higgins is dismissing speculation that FG HQ are trying to get rid of him, but says he’ll fight any attempt they make to run another candidate in next year’s European elections.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Barroso: The crisis is not over but we have reason to be confident
# Europe
# Europe

Barroso: The crisis is not over but we have reason to be confident

Sep 11th 2013, 9:29 AM 2,703 Views 19 Comments

The President of the European Commission told MEPs that the focus of this term should be on adopting the single banking mechanism and tackling unemployment.

Tobacco industry is lobbying MEPs 'all the time'
# Tobacco
# Tobacco

Tobacco industry is lobbying MEPs 'all the time'

Sep 11th 2013, 7:30 AM 3,786 Views 25 Comments

Labour’s Phil Prendergast has said lobby groups are courting MEPs, hoping to encourage them to dilute directives that would be harmful to the industry.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 10 September, 2013

Childers: '€100k re-election bill is price I'm paying for having principles'
# European Elections
# European Elections

Childers: '€100k re-election bill is price I'm paying for having principles'

Sep 10th 2013, 4:55 PM 5,572 Views 47 Comments

The MEP says she will have to finance her own European re-election campaign to the tune of €100,000, after resigning from Labour

# european-parliament - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

11-seat national constituency proposed in EU Parliament redraw submissions
# European Elections
# European Elections

11-seat national constituency proposed in EU Parliament redraw submissions

Sep 4th 2013, 12:27 PM 4,483 Views 12 Comments

The proposal is one of two radical ideas put forward by Lucinda Creighton but neither are possible under the terms of reference for the Constituency Commission considering the redrawing of Ireland’s European constituency map.