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# european-parliament - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Tobacco industry is lobbying MEPs 'all the time'

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'

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

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.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

Colm Keaveney is considering running in next year's European elections

The newly-independent TD faces an uphill task to retain his Dáil seat at the next general election so is now considering running for Europe but he’s not made a decision yet, he insists.

# european-parliament - Monday 26 August, 2013

This Fine Gael TD is not ruling out a European Parliament bid next year

But the man who John O’Mahony is rumoured to be in line to replace, incumbent North West MEP Jim Higgins, insists he’s very confident of winning the nomination.

# european-parliament - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Irish MEP has no problem with Palestinians arming themselves against Israeli forces

Murphy came up against criticism over remarks he made calling for a mass struggle similar to the first intifada.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

European Parliament approves epic €960 billion budget after months of squabbling

The EU budget cuts spending for the first time ever.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

Irish MEP’s Twitter account tells Anglo to “f**k off”, he says he was hacked The Anglo Tapes

Irish MEP’s Twitter account tells Anglo to “f**k off”, he says he was hacked

Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins claims his account was hacked after enquired about the authenticity of the tweet sent in the early hours of this morning.

# european-parliament - Monday 17 June, 2013

Column: There is a glass ceiling of homophobia in Irish sport

Social inclusion and sport go hand-in-hand – but, within Irish games, there remains two distinct playing fields: one for LGBT people and one for straight people. The time has come to change this, writes Phil Prendergast MEP.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 29 May, 2013

MEPs want US-style presidential campaigns at next European elections

Each political party will be asked to reveal its candidate to lead the European Commission, who will run an EU-wide campaign.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

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WATCH: Irish MEP rips up property tax form in European Parliament

Socialist Paul Murphy said it was a protest against the “complete lack of tax justice” in Ireland.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

Coveney makes "major step" for Irish fishermen

The Minister for Agriculture has said that final negotiations on the Common Fisheries Policy are to begin soon.

# european-parliament - Thursday 9 May, 2013

The 'astronomical' cost of asking a question in the European Parliament

Marian Harkin has hit back at claims that Irish MEPs spent less time in parliament last year – and asked fewer questions.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

EU budget: Following talks, leaders agree to hold more talks

EU leaders agreed to hold further discussions on agreeing a budget for the next seven years as well as plugging a shortfall in this year’s finances following negotiations, chaired by Ireland, in Brussels.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 17 April, 2013

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

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President Higgins: We cannot ignore the suffering of European citizens

In an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Higgins said citizens placed their trust in elected members and they must act in their best interests.

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In full: President Michael D Higgins’ speech to the European Parliament

President Higgins warned of the ‘urgent need for new models of connection between economy, society and policy’.

President Higgins to address European Parliament in Strasbourg

His 11am address, entitled “Towards a European Union of the Citizens”, will be followed by a joint press conference with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 16 April, 2013

Bankers bonuses set to be capped after European approval for limits

MEPs support a move that would limit bonuses to 100 per cent of salary from January of next year.

MEPs ask for next year's local and European elections to be moved

An influential committee wants the elections two weeks earlier, giving more time for European Commission elections.

# european-parliament - Sunday 14 April, 2013

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VIDEO: Scottish scientists turn whiskey waste into fuel

The scientists in Edinburgh use a 100-year-old scientific process to produce biobutanol and adapted it for whiskey.

# european-parliament - Monday 8 April, 2013

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MEPs call for removal of asbestos from all public buildings

If passed in parliament, a new report would also see member states required to provide increased protection and training for workers.

# european-parliament - Saturday 6 April, 2013

'I couldn't have gone on' - Nessa Childers on trying to 'save the Labour party'

The MEP will address a meeting of the Campaign for Labour Policies group in Dublin today which is likely to hear plenty of criticism of the junior coalition party.

# european-parliament - Friday 5 April, 2013

Column: Nessa Childers said what many ordinary Labour members really think about the government

Eamon Gilmore will have one less Christmas card to write now – but if Labour took its MEPs seriously, this may never have happened, writes Nessa Childers’ former parliamentary assistant Ciara Galvin.

# european-parliament - Thursday 28 March, 2013

Varadkar comments on childcare a 'throwback to the 19th century'

The Transport Minister said earlier this week that women would have to quit their jobs if they earned less than the childcare expenses.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Ballyhea protestors in Brussels to meet MEPs from economics committee

The protestors – who have held weekly marches opposing the bailout – want help getting a meeting with the ECB.

# european-parliament - Saturday 23 March, 2013

Merkel ally admits European authorities underestimated Cyprus 'mess' Cyprus This post contains videos

Merkel ally admits European authorities underestimated Cyprus 'mess'

Elmar Brok, the chair of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, has admitted he can foresee a situation where Cyprus could exit the single currency and said that authorities underestimated the current situation there.

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Do you know where these photos of the 1984 European elections were taken?

Do you recognise that school? Did you grow up on that street? Is that your ma?

Van Turnhout in discussions with Fine Gael over filling Mitchell's MEP seat has learned that the senator is in discussions over the possibility of joining Fine Gael and running for the seat being vacated by Gay Mitchell next year.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 20 March, 2013

Agreement reached on CAP reform

European agriculture ministers accepted the package tabled by Ireland’s Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney late last night.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 19 March, 2013

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

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Ireland leads deal with European Parliament on new banking watchdog

The deal with the parliament means that MEPs will now get the ability to pick the leaders of the supervisory board.

# european-parliament - Sunday 17 March, 2013

Senators, rebel TD and Dublin Mayor in running for Mitchell's MEP seat

Former world champion runner Eamonn Coghlan is among the favourites to run for Fine Gael in Dublin in next year’s European elections but there are others in contention…

MEP opposes EU commissioner's call for elimination of State aid

Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher said parts of Ireland would not have any industry if it wasn’t for the procurement of State aid.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

MEPs shoot down leaders' proposals for seven-year EU budget

The budget for 2014 to 2020 was comprehensively beaten in a vote by MEPs, whose president Martin Schulz welcomed the vote.

European Parliament approves plan to cut Ireland from 12 MEPs to 11

Members voted by 536 to 111 to reallocate the number of seats to individual countries, to make room for Croatia.

# european-parliament - Thursday 28 February, 2013

Barroso: 'We can see light at the end of the tunnel'

The President of the European Parliament affirms, however, that MEPs will probably not pass the EU’s draft seven-year Budget.

# european-parliament - Monday 25 February, 2013

James Reilly pledges to tackle smoking problem in Europe

Most MEPs agreed that regluation was needed, though some said they were worried about the fiscal impact and an increase in the illegal cigarette trade.

# european-parliament - Saturday 23 February, 2013

How will constituencies change now that Ireland’s losing an MEP?

Ireland’s representation in the European Parliament will be one person fewer next year. So who’ll get cut?

# european-parliament - Wednesday 20 February, 2013

Irish Presidency secures EU agreement on domestic violence protection order

The agreement will ensure that a civil protection order, such as a barring order for domestic violence, can still be enforced if the victim travels or moves country.