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#European Parliament

# european-parliament - Sunday 3 February, 2013

Childers calls for Irish PR firms to declare tobacco clients
# Tobacco
# Tobacco

Childers calls for Irish PR firms to declare tobacco clients

Feb 3rd 2013, 1:34 PM 7,427 Views 27 Comments

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
# Environment
# Environment

EU delegation to visit Shannon estuary on environmental hazards probe

Jan 29th 2013, 6:55 AM 5,318 Views 5 Comments

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
# Transport
# Transport

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

Jan 23rd 2013, 11:18 AM 4,452 Views 36 Comments

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
# Ryanair
# Ryanair

UPDATE: Aviation source criticises Ryanair’s baggage policy

Jan 18th 2013, 4:49 PM 23,104 Views 79 Comments

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
# Your Say

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

Jan 18th 2013, 10:00 AM 7,607 Views 66 Comments

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
# Hand Luggage
# Hand Luggage

MEPs urge Commission to draft rules for carry-on luggage

Jan 18th 2013, 7:30 AM 10,309 Views 38 Comments

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
# Credit Ratings
# Credit Ratings

European Parliament introduces tougher credit rating rules

Jan 16th 2013, 5:06 PM 4,983 Views 20 Comments

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"
# European Parliament
# European Parliament

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

Jan 16th 2013, 12:27 PM 8,645 Views 180 Comments

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
# Austria
# Austria

Austrian MEP gets four years in jail over bribery sting

Jan 14th 2013, 4:19 PM 6,284 Views 29 Comments

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
# Donations
# Donations

New guidelines reduce maximum donations to political parties

Jan 11th 2013, 10:30 AM 6,443 Views 36 Comments

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
# Acta
# Acta

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

Dec 20th 2012, 8:49 AM 40,553 Views 24 Comments

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
# EU Grant
# EU Grant

Former TalkTalk workers get a €2.6m EU grant

Dec 19th 2012, 5:07 PM 5,460 Views 14 Comments

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
# Got Milk?
# Got Milk?

Dairy farmers blast European Parliament and riot police with milk

Nov 27th 2012, 7:22 PM 7,857 Views 35 Comments

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
# Sharks
# Sharks

MEPs vote to close loopholes in shark finning ban

Nov 22nd 2012, 6:10 PM 4,900 Views 16 Comments

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
# Digital Citizens
# Digital Citizens

MEPs call for better online protections for children

Nov 21st 2012, 7:30 AM 1,981 Views 4 Comments

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
# EU Budget
# EU Budget

EU 2013 budget talks break down

Nov 9th 2012, 7:03 PM 6,188 Views 20 Comments

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

Brian Hayes in Brussels to discuss EU budget
# EU
# EU

Brian Hayes in Brussels to discuss EU budget

Nov 9th 2012, 2:31 PM 3,173 Views 31 Comments

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
# EU Accounts
# EU Accounts

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

Nov 6th 2012, 5:21 PM 8,331 Views 19 Comments

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
# Martin Schulz

European Parliament president calls for deal on Irish debt before 2013

Oct 4th 2012, 11:56 AM 4,604 Views 55 Comments

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
# Constituency Commission
# Constituency Commission

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

Jul 24th 2012, 6:02 PM 4,528 Views 27 Comments

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
# Acta
# Acta

ACTA: Anti-piracy agreement overwhelmingly defeated by European Parliament

Jul 4th 2012, 2:07 PM 5,164 Views 60 Comments

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

The Daily Fix: Thursday
# Daily Fix
# Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Thursday

Jun 21st 2012, 7:58 PM 8,465 Views 14 Comments

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'
# Employment
# Employment

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

Jun 21st 2012, 4:38 PM 15,100 Views 39 Comments

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
# Acta
# Acta

Controversial anti-piracy pact rejected by key European parliament committee

Jun 21st 2012, 2:18 PM 2,779 Views 15 Comments

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
# Dáil Boundaries
# Dáil Boundaries

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

Jun 21st 2012, 10:57 AM 23,348 Views 79 Comments

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
# Arms Trade
# Arms Trade

EU Parliament calls for tighter regulation of arms trade

Jun 13th 2012, 4:31 PM 1,179 Views 1 Comment

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
# Debt
# Debt

Poll shows support for pooling EU debt

May 22nd 2012, 5:56 PM 2,691 Views 10 Comments

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
# Referendum
# Referendum

Left-wing MEPs to campaign in Ireland against Fiscal Treaty

May 11th 2012, 9:59 PM 3,717 Views 104 Comments

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
# Happy Holidays
# Happy Holidays

Mobile roaming charges to drop as MEPs vote for cuts

May 10th 2012, 9:14 PM 2,871 Views 18 Comments

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
# European Parliament
# European Parliament

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

May 3rd 2012, 4:33 PM 4,135 Views 5 Comments

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
# Transaction Tax
# Transaction Tax

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

Apr 25th 2012, 6:04 PM 4,201 Views 24 Comments

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?
# Do U Like Dis?

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

Apr 16th 2012, 5:21 PM 5,780 Views 36 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Apr 13th 2012, 7:00 AM 50 Views 20 Comments

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
# Phone Home
# Phone Home

Mobile roaming charges to fall again under new EU deal

Mar 29th 2012, 8:57 AM 2,387 Views 24 Comments

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
# Lisbon Treaty
# Lisbon Treaty

MEPs approve Ireland's Lisbon Treaty add-ons

Mar 20th 2012, 1:24 PM 2,929 Views 11 Comments

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
# Roaming
# Roaming

MEPs vote to make further cuts to roaming charges

Feb 28th 2012, 4:30 PM 2,479 Views 10 Comments

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?
# European Disunity
# European Disunity

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

Feb 18th 2012, 3:11 PM 2,045 Views 7 Comments

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

# european-parliament - Friday 27 January, 2012

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

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

Jan 27th 2012, 8:04 AM 2,823 Views 14 Comments

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
# BNP
# BNP

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

Jan 23rd 2012, 1:30 PM 4,579 Views 35 Comments

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
# In Numbers
# In Numbers

Prime numbers: the week in stats

Jan 21st 2012, 6:59 PM 2,914 Views 1 Comment

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