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# MEPs

Last year
Analysis: Are we seeing a change in mood music when it comes to the Northern Ireland Protocol?
Emma DeSouza writes her thoughts from Strasbourg on whether a breakthrough on the Protocol is possible.
# how it works
The EU and You: What's working, not working and what we don't understand
In the final topic of our 18-month initiative, we shone a spotlight on the EU itself and our part in it. Turns out we had a lot to learn.
# EU say
The Big MEP Questionnaire: What do our Irish MEPs think of the EU?
The Good Information Project set each of our 13 MEPs five questions: here are their answers in full.
All 13 of our MEPs reveal their personal highs and lows of working within the European Parliament.
Frustrations include defence issues, pace of progress on climate, and feeling unheard by the Council and Commission.
Division among MEPs on whether the EU should have more power - or already has enough.
Priorities for next five years range from climate action to mental health to fostering EU businesses.
# MEPs
Mick Wallace says sending arms to Ukraine is 'madness' as he defends vote against EU motion
Wallace was just one of 13 MEPs who voted against a motion on Russian aggression in Ukraine.
All time
Irish MEPs criticise Poland for pushing migrants back at new border wall with Belarus
Poland is also refusing to host any Afghan refugees, labelling them as ‘challenges to the traditional makeup of their society’.
Gráinne Ní Aodha asked all 13 Irish MEPs for their thoughts on the EU's response to the border wall in Poland.
One Irish MEP said that what Poland was doing was "no better than what Trump was trying to do along the US-Mexico border", and that the EU should condemn it.
This month, The Good Information Project will focus on migration and the EU.
# Brexit
EU rejects British fisheries offer of 35% fish-stock reduction over 3 years
A Number 10 insider has described the reported compromise on fishing quotas as “b*llocks”.
# essential workers
MEPs ask Taoiseach to allow Covid testing as replacement for quarantine on return to Ireland
Billy Kelleher, Seán Kelly, and Ciarán Cuffe have written to Taoiseach Micheál Martin to ask for MEPs to be treated as essential workers for travel purposes.
# back to brexit
Brexit divorce deal was 'the easy part'; and more 'last-minute turmoil' on the way, Irish MEPs say
Irish MEPs regret that Brexit has become an inevitability, with one saying that “as an Irish person, I can’t feel any happiness” towards the certainty it created.
# European Parliament
'It feels like being in limbo': Two Irish MEPs still unable to take seats due to Brexit delay
All the UK MEPs were due to leave the European Parliament on 31 October, but this now remains up in the air.
# Europe
Fine Gael MEPs criticised for voting against move to enhance rescue operations for migrants
The EU parliament rejected a vote asking member states to step up efforts to save asylum seekers in the Mediterranean.
# new eu
Von der Leyen 'ready' to back Brexit delay in pitch to MEPs for European Commission president bid
MEPs will vote today on whether to elect the German defence minister to the European Commission top job.
# new recruits
First week on the job: We checked in with some of Ireland's new MEPs to see how they are getting on
Committee memberships, travel woes and accidentally calling the fire department. All in a week’s work.
# First day of school
What are the rules on dress codes and banners in the European Parliament?
Irish MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace both wore ‘Free Assange’ t-shirts today, so is this allowed?
# European elections
Recount takes place after questions about transfers in Dublin constituency
Last night, the count was suspended until 11am today.
All to play for as first European election counts announced
Stick with us as we bring you the latest updates all evening and into the night.
# the big debate
Eamon Dunphy, former Rose of Tralee and UKIP's Welsh leader set to feature in first European TV debate
The first proper debate takes place on Virgin Media One tomorrow night.
# vote vote vote
The Big Day of Voting: Today's your last chance to make sure you're registered to vote on May 24
There’s two elections, a referendum… and plebiscites in certain areas.
# ep2019
QUIZ: Do you know who this MEP is?
Have you been paying attention to these politicians over the last five years?
# MEPs
59 candidates declare for European Parliament elections in May
13 Irish MEPs will be elected when voters go to the polls on 24 May.
# Daylight Savings
EU committee votes to scrap biannual clock change by 2021
Clocks go forward this year on Sunday 31 March.
# brexit limbo
Two MEPs elected in South and Dublin constituencies won't be able to take their seats until the UK has left
Ireland was allotted the additional two seats as part of the redistribution of seats due to Brexit.
# Polls
Two elected Ireland MEPs may have to wait until Brexit actually happens before taking up their seats
Brexit is also impacting on May’s European elections
# hard or soft boiled brexit
Here's what some Irish MEPs said when asked if there will be a hard border in Ireland
The Irish government and the EU says they’re not preparing for a hard border – here’s what three Irish MEPs think.
# new eu
Ireland will get two extra MEPs because of Brexit
There will be 73 vacant MEP seats after the UK withdraws from the European Union.
# Electrocution
'It doesn't give the fish a chance': Irish MEPs urged to vote against electric pulse fishing
The practice involves dragging an electrified net across the sea floor, stunning all of the marine life in its path.
# EU Parliament
EU parliament president shocked at 'hotbed of harassment' claims
More than a dozen women spoke to the Sunday Times this week and accused politicians of harassment.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Luke 'Ming' Flanagan right about other Irish MEPs' poor record of attendance?
The Independent MEP says he’s the only Irish member who regularly shows up for the Agriculture Committee. FactCheck puts that claim to the test.
# European Parliament
Attendance by Irish MEPs in Euro Parliament hits six-year low
One Irish MEP was unable to attend plenary sessions in 2015 due to illness.
# Roll Call
Irish MEP's have one of the lowest attendance rates in the EU
They’ve also been making fewer speeches and asking fewer questions.
# 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.
# Totally stoked
Irish MEPs were very excited about the Pope's visit this morning
Pope Francis has made a speech in the European Parliament this morning
# Support
A Garda whistleblower is backing MEP's legal battle with Phil Hogan
Garda whistleblower John Wilson has said he will fund raise for Nessa Childer’s legal costs in the case that Phil Hogan proceeds with threatened action.
Opinion: Sickened with politics and politicians? Then you should vote tomorrow
If you’re feeling disillusioned with politics, you’re not alone – and that’s why you need to make your voice heard.
# Election 2014
Voters in Inishfree (all 6 of them) go the polls today, along with 2,118 other people...
The elections come a day early, if you’re lucky enough to live on an island off the west or northwest coast.
# three days out
Battle lines and cantering elephants: Here's how Election 2014 is shaping up in Ireland South...
Ten counties. Four seats. Exactly 96 hours until the polls open.
# not easy being green
Whatever about the candidates - can you trust the voters?... On the trail in Tipp
This butcher in Cashel’s promising his vote to the Greens. Other locals are also pledging their number ones to Grace O’Sullivan — but, it turns out, some are more genuine than others…
# Your Say
Poll: Will you be voting in the EU elections?
A poll in the UK showed only one in ten voters can name their MEP… Will you be casting a ballot on Friday week?
# Election 2014
A comedian's brother, a garda whistleblower... The 'super subs' that could end up in Europe
The list of ‘replacements’ that could end up taking MEP seats also includes pro-life and LGBT campaigners, a former army officer, and an ex-world champion athlete.
# Bailout
2010 ECB letter to Lenihan could finally be made public
The European Parliament has voted in favour of a motion calling for the publishing of the letter.