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# european-parliament - Friday 27 January, 2012

French MEP quits and slams ACTA process as 'a charade'

The controversial anti-counterfeiting agreement has caused concerns that it could limit online freedom.

# european-parliament - Monday 23 January, 2012

UCC society withdraws Nick Griffin invite to 'free speech' debate

UCC’s Government and Politics Society withdraws its invite to the BNP leader, citing concerns for student safety.

# european-parliament - Saturday 21 January, 2012

Prime numbers: the week in stats

How ‘special’ can a special adviser be? How many As can a credit rating have? And just how expensive can pneumonia be?

# european-parliament - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

A roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed…

The European Parliament has a new president... but who is he? Martin Schulz This post contains videos

The European Parliament has a new president... but who is he?

Well, he’s a former bookseller, a football fan – and Silvio Berlusconi once compared him to a concentration camp guard.

# european-parliament - Monday 16 January, 2012

Proinsias de Rossa to step down as MEP in February

The Labour MEP gave no reason for the unexpected announcement.

# european-parliament - Friday 23 December, 2011

UCC pledges security support for Nick Griffin visit in February

The student society organising a debate featuring the BNP leader says it has been given full security support by the college.

# european-parliament - Thursday 22 December, 2011

Libertas spent €5.6m in year of second Lisbon vote

New accounts filed by the Libertas Institute show spending of €5.65m in 2009 – more than matching the spending of big parties.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 13 December, 2011

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

BNP's Nick Griffin set to address UCC society on free speech

The British right-wing politician is to participate in a UCC debate months after another Irish university group withdrew its invitation to him.

MEPs approve Kevin Cardiff's nomination to Court of Auditors

The European Parliament has this morning approved the nomination of Kevin Cardiff to the European Court of Auditors.

Barroso hails Euro deal - but slams UK's "impossible" demands

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso says last week’s deal is a compromise of ’27 minus’, not of ’17 plus’.

MEPs set to vote on Cardiff's nomination for Court of Auditors job

The European Parliament’s plenary session will vote in Strasbourg this morning, and is expected to back Cardiff’s candidacy.

# european-parliament - Monday 12 December, 2011

Largest MEP grouping confirms backing for Kevin Cardiff nomination

The European People’s Party, the largest group of MEPs, will vote in favour of Cardiff’s nomination to the European Court of Auditors.

# european-parliament - Thursday 1 December, 2011

Gay Mitchell loses out again... in annual MEP awards

Mitchell was shortlisted for the Employment gong at last night’s ceremony, but was pipped by a French representative.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

Cardiff off the agenda at European and Irish committee meetings

Neither the Oireachtas committee on EU Affairs, and the EU Budgetary Control Committee, are due to discuss the Kevin Cardiff situation at today’s meetings.

# european-parliament - Sunday 27 November, 2011

Government likely to get second chance on Cardiff nomination

European Parliament rules mean the full plenary vote now cannot give Kevin Cardiff the EU job – opening the door for a second nominee.

# european-parliament - Friday 25 November, 2011

The Daily Fix: Friday

Catch up on the day’s biggest stories as well as all the bits and pieces you may have missed.

# european-parliament - Monday 21 November, 2011

Childers bemoans Gilmore’s handling of Labour bullying claims

MEP Nessa Childers says she is disappointed that Eamon Gilmore did not personally get in touch over claims she was bullied.

# european-parliament - Friday 18 November, 2011

EU approves €35.7m of aid for redundant workers in Ireland

The money will help find new jobs for people who lost their jobs in construction, architecture, engineering and technical firms.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 8 November, 2011

6,000 construction workers to benefit from €35m EU aid

The European Parliament’s budget committee approves €35.7m in aid for almost 6,000 people laid off in the construction sector.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 2 November, 2011

Fine Gael ready to "move on" from presidential election

The party’s presidential candidate Gay Mitchell did not attend tonight’s parliamentary party meeting.

# european-parliament - Friday 28 October, 2011

Government delays could mean unemployed miss out on €35million EU aid

The “clock is ticking” for Ireland to win support from a European fund, an EU official has said.

# european-parliament - Saturday 8 October, 2011

Gay Mitchell discloses full details of expenses

Mitchell’s campaign said he has no income other than his MEP’s salary and related payments.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Unemployed construction workers to get €35m in EU aid

The money is aimed at re-training unemployed construction workers in Ireland so as that they can return to work.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 28 September, 2011

Barroso: More integration needed to address 'greatest crisis in EU history'

In his State of the Union address, Jose Manuel Barroso says Europe will need to “move forward with more unification”.

# european-parliament - Friday 23 September, 2011

Poll: How many hours a week do you work? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How many hours a week do you work?

With staff at the European Parliament refusing to work for a 40-hour week, we’re wondering how much time readers of spend with their noses to the grindstone…

European Parliament staff refuse to consider 40-hour week

A union representing staff in the European Parliament has refused to enter talks on extending the working week by 2.5 hours.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

European Parliament president backs cut in bailout interest rate

Jerzy Buzek is in Ireland for a two-day visit, and will address the Seanad and an Oireachtas Committee on Ireland’s role.

# european-parliament - Friday 8 July, 2011

Blue and green should never be seen?

New EU proposals could force member countries to display the Union’s flag on their sporting attire.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 11 May, 2011

Unlabelled fur garments face EU clampdown

Shoppers with allergies or objections to fur will be protected by new rules to make sure clothes with animal trimmings are clearly marked.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 6 April, 2011

Irish MEP expresses disappointment over baby milk vote

Childers says milk manufacturer is using a ‘misleading’ health claim as a ‘marketing gimmick’.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 9 March, 2011

MEPs back plans for tax on financial transactions

The European Parliament gives its backing to a ‘Tobin Tax’ on all transactions, asking Brussels to investigate the €200bn plan.

# european-parliament - Monday 28 February, 2011

Parties yet to decide on European Parliament replacements

The Socialist Party replacements will meet to decide who can succeed Joe Higgins’, while Alan Kelly’s seat is also free.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 1 December, 2010

G20 officials held urgent talks on eurozone debt - report

A senior G20 source tells Reuters that the bloc’s deputy finance ministers held a teleconference to discuss the crisis.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 30 November, 2010

MEPs argue over Ireland's corporate tax rate

Group of MEPs are pushing for Ireland to double the rate to 25%. Gay Mitchell calls on fellow MEPs to show sensitivity to a country facing serious cutbacks.

# european-parliament - Thursday 25 November, 2010

UK MEP suspended after roaring Nazi slogan at German

A UKIP member of the European Parliament is kicked out of the chamber for Nazi jibes, and refusing to apologise.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 24 November, 2010

MEPs table motion demanding 25% Irish corporate tax Corporation Tax

MEPs table motion demanding 25% Irish corporate tax

A group of MEPs from Green and Socialist groupings propose a motion hoping to double the 12.5% tax rate.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 23 November, 2010

It is essential for Ireland to pass budget – Rehn

The commissioner has told Irish MEPs that “stability is important”.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 20 October, 2010

Buxom young woman comments were "completely inappropriate", says head of ISME Maternity

Buxom young woman comments were "completely inappropriate", says head of ISME

Mark Fielding has apologised for his comments concerning the employment prospects of young women under new proposed maternity -leave laws.