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# European Parliament

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# Happy Holidays
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
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.
# Transaction Tax
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.
# Do U Like Dis?
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.
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.
# Phone home
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.
# Lisbon Treaty
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.
# Roaming
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 Disunity
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.
# Acta
French MEP quits and slams ACTA process as 'a charade'
The controversial anti-counterfeiting agreement has caused concerns that it could limit online freedom.
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.
# In Numbers
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?
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Tuesday
A roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed…
# Martin Schulz
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.
# Politics
Proinsias de Rossa to step down as MEP in February
The Labour MEP gave no reason for the unexpected announcement.
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.
# Libertas
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.
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.
# Court of Auditors
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.
# European Parliament
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’.
# Court of Auditors
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.
# Court of Auditors
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.
# Gay Mitchell
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.
# Kevin Cardiff
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.
# Kevin Cardiff
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.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Friday
Catch up on the day’s biggest stories as well as all the bits and pieces you may have missed.
# Solidarity
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.
# Aid
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.
# Construction
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.
# Fine Gael
Fine Gael ready to "move on" from presidential election
The party’s presidential candidate Gay Mitchell did not attend tonight’s parliamentary party meeting.
# Construction workers
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.
# Race for the Áras
Gay Mitchell discloses full details of expenses
Mitchell’s campaign said he has no income other than his MEP’s salary and related payments.
# Construction
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.
# State of the Union
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”.
# Your Say
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 Union
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.
# Bailout
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.
# Missing Something?
Blue and green should never be seen?
New EU proposals could force member countries to display the Union’s flag on their sporting attire.
# Animal Yarn
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.