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# Mulling it over
Will Brian Hayes run for Europe? 'I haven't made my mind up yet,' he says
The junior minister is interested in running for the European Parliament but he said today that he has to “weight up” all his options.
# Palestine
Israeli settlements in Palestine 'single biggest obstruction to peace'
Following a visit to Palestine, Irish MEP Emer Costello said the rapid expansion of these settlements was resulting in “the death of so many communities”.
Phil Prendergast: As a mother, I felt physically sick over Roma children mistakes
“Of course this is unlikely to happen to an Irish family – we are not subjected to the odious stereotypes that the Roma community are forced to endure,” writes the MEP for Ireland South.
# no pasaran
Dublin MEP forbidden from travelling to Gaza
“We were absolutely dumbfounded,” Labour MEP Emer Costello said.
# Nuclear Power
Mitchell: Independent review needed on British nuclear plant risks
The MEP was speaking following confirmation this week that EDF is to build a new nuclear facility at Hinkley Point, on England’s south-west coast.
# Seanad reform
'They'd do an excellent job': MEP says senators should scrutinise EU legislation
What to do with senators now they’re saved? Seán Kelly has an idea…
# Showdown For Sam
Here's your 'Mayo v Dublin MEP Gaelic football battle' pic of the day
All-Ireland final fever is sweeping through Europe.
# European elections
Childers: '€100k re-election bill is price I'm paying for having principles'
The MEP says she will have to finance her own European re-election campaign to the tune of €100,000, after resigning from Labour
# Fine Gael
This Fine Gael TD is not ruling out a European Parliament bid next year
But the man who John O’Mahony is rumoured to be in line to replace, incumbent North West MEP Jim Higgins, insists he’s very confident of winning the nomination.
# Israel
Irish MEP has no problem with Palestinians arming themselves against Israeli forces
Murphy came up against criticism over remarks he made calling for a mass struggle similar to the first intifada.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Summer holidays and public inquiry legislation
A quiet day in the houses of the Oireacthas with only the Seanad sitting to discuss MEP constituencies and public inquiries.
# Spying
Irish MEP calls on America to explain EU 'bugging' reports
“The EU is not going to attack the United States. Supposedly, China or the EU was doing this on the US…can you imagine what the blowout would be?” – Gay Mitchell, MEP
# The Anglo Tapes
Irish MEP’s Twitter account tells Anglo to “f**k off”, he says he was hacked
Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins claims his account was hacked after enquired about the authenticity of the tweet sent in the early hours of this morning.
# Airbrushing
Airbrushed images in teen mags 'should be labelled'
Nessa Childers MEP has called for mandatory labelling of airbrushed photographs in magazines for young people.
# Freedom of Information
Labour MEPs call on government to release information about IBRC liquidation
MEP Phil Prendergast said that “a blanket refusal policy would serve only to heighten distrust in government and in the ECB.”
# Labour
'I couldn't have gone on' - Nessa Childers on trying to 'save the Labour party'
The MEP will address a meeting of the Campaign for Labour Policies group in Dublin today which is likely to hear plenty of criticism of the junior coalition party.
Column: Nessa Childers said what many ordinary Labour members really think about the government
Eamon Gilmore will have one less Christmas card to write now – but if Labour took its MEPs seriously, this may never have happened, writes Nessa Childers’ former parliamentary assistant Ciara Galvin.
# Childcare
Varadkar comments on childcare a 'throwback to the 19th century'
The Transport Minister said earlier this week that women would have to quit their jobs if they earned less than the childcare expenses.
# Cyprus
Fears of Cyprus-style hit on bank deposits 'scaremongering', says MEP
Fine Gael’s Sean Kelly says there’s “no connection whatsoever” between the situations in Ireland and in Cyprus.
# Fine Gael
Van Turnhout in discussions with Fine Gael over filling Mitchell's MEP seat has learned that the senator is in discussions over the possibility of joining Fine Gael and running for the seat being vacated by Gay Mitchell next year.
# Gender
Impact of crisis on women "overlooked by policy makers"
Labour MEP Emer Costello said that women can find their earning power stymied during their early years, which can in turn affect their pension.
# Fine Gael
Senators, rebel TD and Dublin Mayor in running for Mitchell's MEP seat
Former world champion runner Eamonn Coghlan is among the favourites to run for Fine Gael in Dublin in next year’s European elections but there are others in contention…
# Prime Numbers
Popes, parades and Gay Mitchell : The week in numbers
How long is the Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin? And how many years has it been since there was a pope from outside Europe?
# Fine Gael
Gay Mitchell will not contest the next European elections
The MEP said it was a good time to allow new candidates to emerge.
# Ryanair
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.
# Austria
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.
# EU Grant
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.
# Labour
Vote on Social Welfare budget cuts "becoming increasingly volatile"
Nessa Childers said she believes there are Labour TDs who want to vote against the bill that will bring in the Budget cuts, but they don’t feel they can vote that way.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added meerkat
The things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Unemployment
Labour Youth to hold public meeting on youth unemployment
The seminar which will take place this afternoon will discuss the introduction of a ‘Youth Guarantee’ to tackle the problem.
# Back To School
Parents feel pressure to pay voluntary school contributions
The National Parents’ Council said the anxiety of paying contributions can distract parents from offering the support their children need when starting back at school.
# tensions
Labour must return to core beliefs - or pull out of government, says Labour MEP
In an opinion piece for this morning, Nessa Childers says Labour needs to
# Mahon
Call for EU Commission to drop Pádraig Flynn's pension
MEP Nessa Childers says Commission’s code of conduct should be “enforced retroactively” following Mahon findings.
# Lobbying
MEP: McCreevy's boom-time diary raises issues about lobbyists
New documents show that McCreevy met with many major developers and bankers – including Sean Quinn and Bernard McNamara – during the Irish property bubble.
# mediv2012
Minister: Online news outlets could be regulated
Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte suggested that defamation and regulatory rules could apply to online media outlets.
# 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.
# 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.
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.