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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 9°C


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# body clock
MEPs to vote on scrapping daylight saving time 'for health and safety reasons'
A new EU study said that health research associates DST with disruption to circadian rhythm.
# citizenship
'Ireland has been a godsend to me': Tory MEP on why he took out an Irish passport
Conservative Party MEP Charles Tannock has been vocal in his criticism of Brexit.
# was it for this
Michael Collins 'would not be happy' with suggestions Ireland follow Britain out of EU
MEP Seán Kelly said it is “daft” to suggest Ireland should make itself economically dependent on the UK again.
Unionists have nothing to fear from a united Ireland
British identity can and must be accommodated in an agreed, united Ireland, writes Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy.
# brexiteer
'You're behaving like the mafia... no, gangsters': Nigel Farage takes aim at EU
“I do understand national sensitivities. I’ll change it to gangsters,” Farage continued to say.
# Janusz Korwin-Mikke
Polish MEP barred from parliament after sexist remarks on women's pay
Janusz Korwin-Mikke said that women deserved less pay because they were ‘weaker, smaller and less intelligent’.
# look behind you
'He’s lying to you' - UK MEP explains why he held up sign behind Nigel Farage
Seb Dance was caught on camera holding up the handwritten message behind Farage.
# Brexit
'Ireland would be the biggest loser from a breakup of the EU': Irish MEPs on Europe's future
We asked a handful of Irish MEPs on what the New Year holds for Europe.
# Your Say
Poll: Should we get more public holidays in Ireland?
One of our MEPs thinks we should.
# amen to that
MEP calls for number of Irish public holidays to be increased
At present only three countries across Europe have fewer national holidays than the Republic.
# Good Idea
Calls to give free Interrail passes to all European 18-year-olds as birthday presents
The proposal is being put forward by Manfred Weber of the European People’s Party (EEP), the party in Europe aligned with Fine Gael.
# irish coast
Call for more monitoring of super trawlers after dolphin deaths
Irish MEP Seán Kelly said people who break rules should be “dealt with”.
# Fishing
MEP calls for "effective" ban on super trawlers in Irish waters
Líadh Ní Riada said that the trawlers were not being inspected properly.
# radicalisation
"Extremism is no longer an abstract problem. It’s here" - Is Islamic terrorism a threat in Ireland?
The Justice Department has said that it is aware of foreign fighters from Ireland who have died in the Middle East.
# Ibrahim Halawa
European Parliament passes resolution calling for immediate release of Ibrahim Halawa
MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the resolution.
# vvrrooom
This technology could be installed in your car to restrict your speed
Irish MEP Deirdre Clune said the drivers should be rewarded for using the car system that can automatically limit the speed of the vehicle.
# European Parliament
Two right-wing MEPs have been suspended for making Nazi salutes
The men have been suspended for 10 days but will still be allowed to vote.
# Henry Handball
Former GAA president says FAI should give back the €5 million
…and then Fifa should hand it over to us again as a legitimate grant.
# Marian Harkin
Resistance to antibiotics could be causing unnecessary deaths in Ireland
An Irish MEP has proposed that the use of the antibiotics without prescription be banned.
# stailc teanga
This MEP is going to speak only 'as Gaeilge' in Brussels for a week
Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada will speak only in Irish in protest at the treatment of the language in EU institutions.
# slow down
Speeding tourists won't be able to escape penalties under new law
The European Parliament has passed legislation to allow police forces in different Member States to share data.
# toy glory
Ireland 'could be top of the class in digital toy market'
Irish MEP Sean Kelly moots Ireland as a prime manufacturing location for niche – but lucrative – business.
# lashing out
'Brian Hayes has lost the run of himself since he moved to Brussels'
Sinn Féin has hit back at the Fine Gael MEP’s criticism of the party’s attitude towards the European Union.
# excuse me
Ming is on a 'bad list' with a Nazi supporter ... and he's not impressed
The Irish politician features on a list dubbed the ‘most embarrassing MEPs’.
# Ming
'Family comes first': Irish MEPs explain poor voting record in Europe
Ireland ranks last out of all Member States for attendance at plenary sessions.
# the pressure's on
Can the ECB be forced to come to Dublin for the banking inquiry?
Matt Carty of Sinn Fein said he hopes the goverment will be “robust” in making sure the ECB does take part.
# Water protests
Cork hotel 'gave into mob rule' by cancelling Fine Gael event - MEP
Deirdre Clune said she was “outraged” by the decision.
# six one news
'Exaggerated and inaccurate': RTÉ denies bias in election coverage as complaint is rejected
Nessa Childers wasn’t happy with a feature on the Six One News.
# Privatisation
'We don't want to privatise Irish Water but no-one believes politicians when we say that'
The Fine Gael MEP believes legislation is a more sensible option.
# Dublin South West
Paul Murphy accepts Sinn Féin apology for sharing fake Facebook post
An image circulating on social media is now claimed to have come from a fake account.
# Burn the Bondholders
Olli Rehn: 'Bondholders partly to blame for Irish crisis... but your banks were reckless'
The former EU Economics Commissioner also said he would consider attending the Banking Inquiry.
# Irish Water
This former MEP is running for the Dáil on a single issue: water charges
But Paul Murphy’s Sinn Féin opposition in Dublin South West has hit back at criticism over his stance on water charges.
# deirdre clune
MEP defends spending €200,000 to get elected
Deirdre Clune was one of a number of Irish MEPs to run up expenses of over €200,000 during this year’s campaign.
# Voting Rights
"Second class Euro membership": Ireland could lose automatic right to ECB vote
Under the new system, for one month every year Ireland will not be able to vote.
# Speaking out
Whistleblower John Wilson to speak at Sinn Féin summer school
Journalist Gemma O’Doherty, Marian Kelly — a survivor of the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home, and comedian PJ Gallagher are also speaking at the event.
# Far-right
Crowley's aligning himself with racist, xenophobic, anti-gay parties --- Micheál Martin
The FF leader said he had first learned of Crowley’s decision in a phone-call on Sunday night, and that it had been a surprise.
# doing a 180
'Unacceptable': Fianna Fáil is NOT happy with Crowley's move to Eurosceptic group
The party has said that many ECR policies “directly contradict core principles of the Fianna Fáil organisation”.
# Shift right
Fianna Fáil says Brian Cowley's move to Eurosceptic group is 'unacceptable'
Brian Crowley has switched to the European Conservatives and Reformists, a grouping that includes many right-wing parties including the British Conservatives.
# final result
After epic recheck, Midlands-North West sends Marian Harkin back to Brussels
Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher of FF conceded in the early hours of the morning.
# not misleading
This apparently random youth backing Emer Costello is the Labour Youth Chairperson
“If you’re suggesting we’re trying to deceive anyone here that’s not the case.”