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# European Parliament

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# Eurotrash
From bikinis to Nazi relatives, the weird ways our continental cousins are campaigning...
They’re a crazy bunch on that mainland.
# European elections
This Irish woman's running as an MEP in London but says she has your interests at heart
NoelleAnne O’Sullivan’s focus is on Irish workers and businesses in London and she believes a British exit from the EU could have serious consequences for Ireland and for the Peace Process.
# Election 2014
Eamon Gilmore will be hoping Europe's top MEP can ease his Labour pains
It’s been a tough 24 hours for the Tánaiste but he has a big visitor today.
# On The Road
It could be the beginning of the end for brick-shaped lorry cabs...
Curved cabs could be on the way in.
# Election 2014
FG's young 'policy wonk' wants to trade a seat in the Dáil for one in Europe. Here's why:
Just over three years into his first stint as a TD, Simon Harris has his eyes on Brussels.
# European elections
Banking corruption and injustice - the focus of Tom Darcy's European campaign
The former property developer is running as a candidate in Dublin for Direct Democracy Ireland.
# Net Neutrality
EP votes in favour of net neutrality laws and to end roaming charges
The new legislation prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from giving preferential treatment to its own services and from blocking other services that may compete against their own offerings.
# Election 2014
'I rely on guys with vans and ladders': Marian Harkin on running as an Independent
The two-time MEP said Ireland “can’t keep relying on” foreign direct investment and must do more to support SMEs and farmers.
# error
'Ludicrous': Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher dismisses Sinn Féin attack over Trichet letter vote
Sinn Féin MEP candidate Matt Carthy said that the odds of three votes being incorrect due to a technical fault were ‘astronomical’.
# Bailout
2010 ECB letter to Lenihan could finally be made public
The European Parliament has voted in favour of a motion calling for the publishing of the letter.
# European Parliament
Soon, you could have just one charger for all your devices
“Have a charger?” “Yes, it’s an iPhone 4 though.” Damn.
# True colours
MEPs slam the rejection of gender equality report
The report gave recommendations on how to tackle inequality between men and women in the EU.
# Election 2014
'Ming' Flanagan will tell us if he is running for Europe after St Patrick's Day
The independent TD is not playing down rumours that he will run for the European Parliament in Midlands North-West.
# serious business
Brian Hayes: This is a serious election for serious people
The junior minister said he definitely won’t be running in the next general election if he makes it to Europe.
# Emergency
New cars from October 2015 will call ambulance for you after crash
Draft legislation for a new initiative was approved by the European Parliament today.
# Election 2014
Dáil's youngest TD to be third Fine Gael candidate in Ireland South
The Wicklow TD will be added to the ticket later today.
# Poverty
EU to double Ireland's funding for homeless services like soup kitchens
Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said the increase is welcome but it is still too low considering the scale of poverty across the EU.
# Election 2014
Eamon Ryan: It wasn't too difficult dusting myself down and getting back
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.
# Election 2014
Nessa Childers: A lot of TDs don't understand what it's like to be in my position
The independent MEP is taking big financial gamble that could leave her unemployed by the summer.
# drumroll please
Here's who Labour has picked as its Dublin candidate for the European elections
Spoiler: she’s already doing the job.
# on the fence
Mitchell cites technicality as he is only Irish MEP to abstain from EU anti-homophobia vote
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.
# shots fired
Emer Costello says former colleague Nessa Childers is in 'a political abyss'
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.
# Election 2014
Nessa Childers will run in Dublin in effort to retain European Parliament seat
The former Labour MEP’s current Ireland East constituency is being abolished.
# Local Elections
23 May the big day for wannabe councillors and MEPS
Fancy a change?
# Election 2014
Mathews wants all the political parties to support his European Parliament bid
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.
Column: Will we see a UKIP victory in the European Parliament elections?
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?
# Troika
Fundamental social rights were violated by Troika programmes says EU committee
A public hearing in Brussels yesterday heard from MEPs who stated that the social consequences of Troika policies can’t be ignored.
# Enda's choice
Taoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next election
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 elections
'If you've got no vote, you've got no voice' - MEP pushes election registration
Fine Gael’s Jim Higgins said we fought ‘long and hard’ for our democracy and people should participate in it.
# Brussels to Strasbourg
MEPs back proposal to end practice of 'travelling circus'
But France is likely to block any changes to the current system whereby MEPs decamp, at considerable cost, to Strasbourg every month.
# Real Life
Airbrushing and body image problems to be addressed by experts & politicians
One MEP is proposing that all publications featuring airbrushed images should also carry mandatory labelling.
# Who dat?
Can you name one of your local MEPs? 91 per cent of Dubliners can't
One of those surveyed answered sincerely that they believed Angela Merkel was their MEP.
'A great day for Europe': MEPs approve EU's budget for the next seven years
The agreement brings to near conclusion a lengthy process of getting 28 member states to agree on its spending priorities for the coming years.
# Brussels
Tánaiste to discuss situation in Syria at EU foreign ministers meeting today
Eamon Gilmore said it’s imperative that the UN Security Council Presidential Statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria agreed last month is implemented.
# Enda's choice
'He’s very highly regarded': MEPs back Taoiseach for EU job - but they don't think he'll take it
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.
# Election 2014
Nessa Childers not decided on which European constituency to run in next year
The former Labour MEP faces an uphill battle to retain her European Parliament seat next year.
# Election 2014
'Having a record helps': Marian Harkin hopes experience will help retain Euro seat
The former TD is the sitting MEP for ‘Ireland North-West’ but will compete in vastly expanded ‘Midlands-North-West’ constituency next year.
# Election 2014
'I'm not confident, but I am hopeful': New boundaries create new challenges for FG's MEPs
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.
# Brussels
EU Budget for 2014 agreed after marathon overnight talks
A 400 million fund to help countries hit by flooding and drought had been one of the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations.
# Palestine
Israeli settlements in Palestine 'single biggest obstruction to peace'
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”.