Harkin MEP Denounces Irish Politicians on Water Charges

Irish politicians who were trying to blame Brussels on the water charges issue in pursuit of their own agendas had no legal basis for their arguments. This charge was levelled in the European Parliament in Strasbourg by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she denounced political attempts to blame Brussels in the current controversy. Marian Harkin […]

Less than 1% of EU potatoes grown in Ireland – Eurostat

Ireland produced only 0.6% of the EU’s potatoes (in 2014) while Germany at 19.7% was the EU’s biggest potato producer, according to latest figures on the potato sector from Eurostat. In fact only 1% of arable land in Ireland is now devoted to potato growing, compared to an EU average of 1.5% and a high of […]

EU Commission: Ireland Still A Nation Of Rural Dwellers

Ireland has one of the highest shares of people (42%) living in rural areas of almost any other EU country. On average only 27% of EU citizens now live in rural areas with a low of 7% in Malta followed by 12% in the United Kingdom. 35% of Ireland’s population live in cities compared to […]

EU /Facebook/Twitter/YouTube Agree Hate Speech Code Of Conduct

“Hate speech”, public incitement to violence or hatred against a group of people, must be removed from social media platforms within 24 hours according to a new code of conduct agreed today between the European Commission and Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft. As well as agreeing a code of conduct, the companies concerned say they […]

IFA Calls On Taoiseach To Intervene With President Juncker On Mercosur

IFA National Chairman Jer Bergin this week wrote to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to express serious concerns about the engagement between EU and Mercosur negotiators in Brussels this Friday and the imminent exchange of offers between both sides.   In his letter, the IFA Chairman highlighted the damaging impact a Mercosur deal would have on […]

An Ineffective Response To A Humanitarian Catastrophe

Nasc is profoundly concerned at the focus on punitive measures as opposed to positive and proactive responses in the EU-Turkey Deal, which was agreed by the European Council on 17th-18th March 2016 and presented to much criticism to TDs in the Dáil this morning.   “This agreement is – at best – an ineffective response […]

Harkin Urges Adoption Of European Parliament Decision On Fracking

Following her support for a vote in the European Parliament to request EU member states not to authorise any new fracking operations, Independent MEP Marian Harkin called for all local authorities in Ireland to provide for such a ban in their County Development Plans, based on the precautionary principle. Speaking in the European Parliament after […]

EU Commission Tightens Rules For Safety And Emissions

The European Commission has just tabled legislative proposals to ensure car manufacturers comply strictly with all EU safety, environmental and production requirements. The Commission is proposing a major overhaul of the so-called EU type approval framework. Under current rules, national authorities are solely responsible for certifying that a vehicle meets all requirements to be placed […]

Greek ‘Bravery’ must be followed by EU action

Sinn Féin MEP and member of the European Parliament’s Economic & Monetary Affairs committee, Matt Carthy, has said that the irrefutable decision of the Greek people must be respected and acted upon. Speaking as reports indicate that an ‘Oxi/No’ victory in the Greek referendum Carthy said: “It was a brave decision of the Syriza government […]

An end to roaming charges and an open internet guaranteed

Huge telephone bills ruining your holiday budget, an Internet connection not delivering on its promises: these experiences will be soon old memories. Almost two years after the European Commission put forward its proposal for a telecoms single market, an agreement was found with the European Parliament and the Council. The compromise was reached earlier today […]

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