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# 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 5,148 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 4,331 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 4,840 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 3,419 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 4,707 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 4,122 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 2,864 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 8,445 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 3,082 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 4,317 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 4,511 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 6,275 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 2,691 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 3,753 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 5,553 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 4,460 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.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

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

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

Aug 27th 2013, 8:30 PM 4,410 Views 13 Comments

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
# Fine Gael
# Fine Gael

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

Aug 26th 2013, 8:30 PM 6,148 Views 14 Comments

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
# Israel
# Israel

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

Jul 25th 2013, 8:34 PM 9,228 Views 161 Comments

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
# Finally
# Finally

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

Jul 3rd 2013, 12:50 PM 4,245 Views 26 Comments

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
# The Anglo Tapes

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

Jun 25th 2013, 10:30 PM 29,363 Views 65 Comments

Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins claims his account was hacked after TheJournal.ie 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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jun 17th 2013, 7:30 PM 15 Views 35 Comments

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
# Euro 2014
# Euro 2014

MEPs want US-style presidential campaigns at next European elections

May 29th 2013, 6:45 AM 3,320 Views 25 Comments

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

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

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

May 21st 2013, 2:25 PM 15,339 Views 172 Comments

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
# Fishing
# Fishing

Coveney makes "major step" for Irish fishermen

May 15th 2013, 10:01 AM 4,423 Views 15 Comments

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
# Listen
# Listen

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

May 9th 2013, 6:30 AM 11,228 Views 13 Comments

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 Budget
# EU Budget

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

May 7th 2013, 9:51 AM 2,650 Views 23 Comments

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

President Higgins: We cannot ignore the suffering of European citizens
# Austerity
# Austerity

President Higgins: We cannot ignore the suffering of European citizens

Apr 17th 2013, 11:47 AM 8,400 Views 51 Comments

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.

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

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

Apr 17th 2013, 11:46 AM 13,361 Views 32 Comments

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
# European Parliament
# European Parliament

President Higgins to address European Parliament in Strasbourg

Apr 17th 2013, 6:45 AM 3,254 Views 7 Comments

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
# Bank Bonuses
# Bank Bonuses

Bankers bonuses set to be capped after European approval for limits

Apr 16th 2013, 2:22 PM 4,826 Views 20 Comments

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
# European Elections
# European Elections

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

Apr 16th 2013, 12:15 PM 6,916 Views 22 Comments

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

# european-parliament - Sunday 14 April, 2013

VIDEO: Scottish scientists turn whiskey waste into fuel
# Whiskey
# Whiskey

VIDEO: Scottish scientists turn whiskey waste into fuel

Apr 14th 2013, 7:45 AM 5,928 Views 19 Comments

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

MEPs call for removal of asbestos from all public buildings
# Asbestos
# Asbestos

MEPs call for removal of asbestos from all public buildings

Apr 8th 2013, 6:55 AM 3,806 Views 12 Comments

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'
# Labour
# Labour

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

Apr 6th 2013, 6:45 AM 6,468 Views 55 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Apr 5th 2013, 7:30 PM 51 Views 49 Comments

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'
# Childcare
# Childcare

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

Mar 28th 2013, 7:03 PM 10,669 Views 104 Comments

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
# Ballyhea
# Ballyhea

Ballyhea protestors in Brussels to meet MEPs from economics committee

Mar 27th 2013, 1:53 PM 4,630 Views 30 Comments

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
# Cyprus

Merkel ally admits European authorities underestimated Cyprus 'mess'

Mar 23rd 2013, 4:30 PM 6,515 Views 43 Comments

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.