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# european-parliament - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

Ireland loses one MEP to make room for Croatia in EU

The Lisbon Treaty limits the size of the European Parliament – and MEPs have backed plans to cut back on Irish MEPs.

# european-parliament - Friday 8 February, 2013

Enda Kenny Doing His Signature Move Pic of the Day

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# european-parliament - Tuesday 5 February, 2013

Report shows Ireland facilitated CIA rendition programme

The report indicates that flights involved in the transportation of some high profile detainees are suspected of having refueled at Shannon.

# european-parliament - Sunday 3 February, 2013

Childers calls for Irish PR firms to declare tobacco clients

Childers said clients should be aware of certain Irish PR firms, which she claimed were “representing the tobacco industry and not being open and transparent about it”.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 29 January, 2013

EU delegation to visit Shannon estuary on environmental hazards probe

The fact-finding mission this coming September is a response to complaints in relation to Aughinish Alumina plant and plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 23 January, 2013

Varadkar: Ireland needs to be "wiser" about investment in transport

Ireland is not in a position to invest financially in transport like it was in the past – so it needs to be wiser about how it does invest, says the Minster for Transport.

# european-parliament - Friday 18 January, 2013

UPDATE: Aviation source criticises Ryanair’s baggage policy

The airline said its one bag rule was necessary for safety reasons but has now confirmed that passengers in some airports are allowed a second bag.

Poll: Should the EU introduce common rules for airlines on hand luggage? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the EU introduce common rules for airlines on hand luggage?

Yesterday MEPs called for regulation of hand luggage charges to protect consumers from being exploited by airlines. Do you think the EU should introduce common rules?

MEPs urge Commission to draft rules for carry-on luggage

British MEP Brian Simpson described the add on charges imposed by airlines as “a cancer”.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 16 January, 2013

European Parliament introduces tougher credit rating rules

Parliament voted in favour of the legislation today in a bid to improve the stability of financial markets.

Kenny: Irish have borne weight of bank debt with "courage, patience and dignity"

The Taoiseach said that Ireland is “taking steps on the road to recovery”, while speaking at the European Parliament today.

# european-parliament - Monday 14 January, 2013

Austrian MEP gets four years in jail over bribery sting

Sunday Times journalists filmed Ernst Strasser offering to change EU laws on behalf of a fake company for an annual fee.

# european-parliament - Friday 11 January, 2013

New guidelines reduce maximum donations to political parties

The guidelines also address corporate donations to parties and include strict rules on transparency.

# european-parliament - Thursday 20 December, 2012

ACTA is dead: EU abandons referral to top court for ruling

The controversial international counterfeiting treaty will no longer be sent to the European Court of Justice.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

Former TalkTalk workers get a €2.6m EU grant

The grant will help retrain 432 former call centre staff and get them back into employment.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 27 November, 2012

Dairy farmers blast European Parliament and riot police with milk

Today the farmers also commemorated the more than 157,000 colleagues who have had to abandon their farms since 2009.

# european-parliament - Thursday 22 November, 2012

MEPs vote to close loopholes in shark finning ban

The passing of this vote means that all sharks caught by EU vessels have to be landed intact.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

MEPs call for better online protections for children

MEPs have called for children, parents and teachers to be given education in new digital media for young people.

# european-parliament - Friday 9 November, 2012

EU 2013 budget talks break down

The council of ministers were “unable to negotiate”, a spokesperson said.

Brian Hayes in Brussels to discuss EU budget

The Minister of State will meet with other EU finance ministers to discus the bloc’s budget for the coming year.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 6 November, 2012

Auditors report €5 billion 'material errors' in EU accounts

The European Court of Auditors says the ‘overwhelming’ majority of payments were error-free, and formally approves the 2011 accounts.

# european-parliament - Thursday 4 October, 2012

European Parliament president calls for deal on Irish debt before 2013

Martin Schulz told the Dáil the public must have trust in European leaders – who therefore have to act on their promises.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 24 July, 2012

Confirmed: Dáil to lose 8 TDs with confirmation of boundary changes

Ministers have agreed to table new laws enforcing cuts to the size of the Dáil, in line with independent recommendations.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

ACTA: Anti-piracy agreement overwhelmingly defeated by European Parliament

The European parliament has massively rejected a controversial global pact to battle counterfeiting and online piracy, quashing any possibility of EU ratification.

# european-parliament - Thursday 21 June, 2012

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The Daily Fix: Thursday

All the day’s main news, plus a few bits and pieces you may have missed along the way…

Workers who get sick on holidays 'are entitled to another holiday'

That’s according to the Court of Justice of the European Union, which said today that if a worker becomes ill during annual leave, they are entitled to take that leave at another date.

Controversial anti-piracy pact rejected by key European parliament committee

The international trade committee has said that the European Parliament should not ratify ACTA next month.

Constituency report: Dáil loses 8 TDs in radical boundary shake-up

The report of the Constituency Commission cuts the number of TDs, with significant boundary reforms.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

EU Parliament calls for tighter regulation of arms trade

New UN Arms Trade Treaty should require the public disclosure of all arms deals by UN members, says Parliament.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 22 May, 2012

Poll shows support for pooling EU debt

Latest Eurobarometer poll gauged attitudes to EU debt – and measures to tackle it.

# european-parliament - Friday 11 May, 2012

Left-wing MEPs to campaign in Ireland against Fiscal Treaty

The representatives from Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal will join the No campaign next week.

# european-parliament - Thursday 10 May, 2012

Mobile roaming charges to drop as MEPs vote for cuts

Using your mobile abroad will cost less from July – with limits on data charges for the first time.

# european-parliament - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Sinn Féin's Bairbre de Brún steps down from European Parliament

Sinn Féin says the MEP for Northern Ireland has submitted her resignation, citing personal reasons.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 25 April, 2012

MEPs clear way for 'opt out' on transaction tax feared by Noonan

A European Parliament committee allows countries to opt out of a transactions tax – a proposal Michael Noonan openly opposes.

# european-parliament - Monday 16 April, 2012

Irish MEP wants EU-wide ban on employers seeking Facebook passwords Do U Like Dis? This post contains a poll

Irish MEP wants EU-wide ban on employers seeking Facebook passwords

Phil Prendergast says a new law in Maryland, banning employers from seeking employees’ passwords, should be copied here.

# european-parliament - Friday 13 April, 2012

Column: We must only stay in coalition if we can uphold Labour values

As the Labour Party meets for its annual conference, MEP Nessa Childers argues that the party must maintain its core beliefs – or bring down the Government.

# european-parliament - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Mobile roaming charges to fall again under new EU deal

A new price cap should be enforced in time for this year’s holiday season – with data charges among those to fall.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

MEPs approve Ireland's Lisbon Treaty add-ons

A committee of the European Parliament approves a ‘draft protocol’ dealing with Ireland’s post-Lisbon parliament.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

MEPs vote to make further cuts to roaming charges

A Brussels committee votes to lower the ceiling for roaming charges within the EU, with call charges set to fall by June.

# european-parliament - Saturday 18 February, 2012

Is there an end in sight for European Parliament's two-chamber rule?

MEPs have backed plans to examine scrapping the arrangement where both Brussels and Strasbourg can house all meetings.