Harkin welcomes new EU fund for free local Wi-Fi

Independent MEP Marian Harkin has warmly welcomed the adoption of a proposal in the European Parliament today, Tuesday, September 12th, aimed at providing free access to fast internet in local communities. She said: “The ‘WIFI4EU’ proposal establishes a scheme offering free WIFI connections in spaces where public services are offered, such as public administrations, libraries and hospitals as […]

The €13 billion question has been asked says Harkin

The decision by the EU Commission that Apple should repay €13bn to the Irish exchequer has profound implications for Ireland, for the EU, for foreign direct investment into the EU and, in that context, for Brexit. “Should we take the money and run or go to the Court of Justice for a final decision, those […]

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 […]

‘To pay or not to pay water charges, there is no Question’- Harkin MEP

“There is no question as to whether Ireland will not be in breach of EU regulations if we decide not to apply water charges.” This was stated by Marian Harkin MEP, having analysed EU Commission responses and a recent judgment from the European Court of Justice. The first and most obvious reason is that Water […]

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 […]

Government Bank Friendly Policies Questioned by MEP

The announcement that the Bank of Ireland is to make banking significantly more difficult for customers and especially for older people, and those living in rural areas, emphasised the expanded role which credit unions and post offices must be allowed to play in the financial services sector. This was the view of Independent MEP Marian […]

People Power defeats EirGrid Power – Harkin

The power which communities working together could bring to bear on a threat to their well being was very effectively demonstrated in the decision of EirGrid to cancel the GridLink project. This was the reaction of Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she praised the efforts of the many groups which had come together at community […]

Political Parties Must Declare their Views on new Anti Credit Union Legislation says Harkin

The 2.89 million members of Credit Unions deserve to have the views of all of the political parties on new Credit Union regulations which the Government is proposing to impose. This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she called on the political parties to declare their positions on the new discriminatory regulations. She […]

EirGrid’s €3.2 billion Programme must be Independently Justified says Harkin

The suggestion by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton, that the cost of undergrounding cables in the planned EirGrid development would prevent more balanced regional development was the type of argument which raised questions about the honesty of those favouring over grounding of the various projects. This was stated by Marian Harkin […]

€1 Billion Boost for Unemployment Fund

Today, Wednesday, December 11th, the European Parliament voted by a large majority in favour of adopting the Harkin report which establishes the European Globalisation Fund, a €1 billion Fund to assist workers who have lost their jobs due to Globalisation or the current economic and financial crisis. Marian Harkin MEP said:- “I am particularly pleased […]