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European Parliament

European Parliament

This is the directly elected parliament of the EU. It has 736 seats. Members of the European parliament are elected every five years by the citizens of the EU. The legislative power of the parliament is shared equally with the Council of the European Union.

# european-parliament - Yesterday’s News

# european-parliament - Saturday 5 April, 2014

FG’s young ‘policy wonk’ wants to trade a seat in the Dáil for one in Europe. Here’s why:

Just over three years into his first stint as a TD, Simon Harris has his eyes on Brussels.

Banking corruption and injustice – the focus of Tom Darcy’s European campaign

The former property developer is running as a candidate in Dublin for Direct Democracy Ireland.

# european-parliament - Thursday 3 April, 2014

From Business ETC EP votes in favour of net neutrality laws and to end roaming charges Net Neutrality

EP votes in favour of net neutrality laws and to end roaming charges

The new legislation prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from giving preferential treatment to its own services and from blocking other services that may compete against their own offerings.

# european-parliament - Sunday 23 March, 2014

‘I rely on guys with vans and ladders’: Marian Harkin on running as an Independent

The two-time MEP said Ireland “can’t keep relying on” foreign direct investment and must do more to support SMEs and farmers.

# european-parliament - Saturday 22 March, 2014

‘Ludicrous’: Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher dismisses Sinn Féin attack over Trichet letter vote

Sinn Féin MEP candidate Matt Carthy said that the odds of three votes being incorrect due to a technical fault were ‘astronomical’.

# european-parliament - Saturday 15 March, 2014

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.

# european-parliament - Thursday 13 March, 2014

From Business ETC Soon, you could have just one charger for all your devices European Parliament

Soon, you could have just one charger for all your devices

“Have a charger?” “Yes, it’s an iPhone 4 though.” Damn.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

MEPs slam the rejection of gender equality report

The report gave recommendations on how to tackle inequality between men and women in the EU.

‘Ming’ Flanagan will tell us if he is running for Europe after St Patrick’s Day

The independent TD is not playing down rumours that he will run for the European Parliament in Midlands North-West.

# european-parliament - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Brian Hayes: This is a serious election for serious people

The junior minister said he definitely won’t be running in the next general election if he makes it to Europe.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

From Business ETC New cars from October 2015 will call ambulance for you after crash Emergency

New cars from October 2015 will call ambulance for you after crash

Draft legislation for a new initiative was approved by the European Parliament today.

Dáil’s youngest TD to be third Fine Gael candidate in Ireland South

The Wicklow TD will be added to the ticket later today.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

EU to double Ireland’s funding for homeless services like soup kitchens

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said the increase is welcome but it is still too low considering the scale of poverty across the EU.

# european-parliament - Monday 17 February, 2014

Eamon Ryan: It wasn’t too difficult dusting myself down and getting back

The former minister thinks he has a pretty good chance in the upcoming European elections, despite his party’s hammering in the 2011 general election.

# european-parliament - Sunday 16 February, 2014

Nessa Childers: A lot of TDs don’t understand what it’s like to be in my position

The independent MEP is taking big financial gamble that could leave her unemployed by the summer.

# european-parliament - Sunday 9 February, 2014

# european-parliament - Thursday 6 February, 2014

Mitchell cites technicality as he is only Irish MEP to abstain from EU anti-homophobia vote

The Fine Gael MEP and former presidential candidate was the only Irish MEP not to vote in favour of the final resolution but insisted he supports the resolution.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Emer Costello says former colleague Nessa Childers is in ‘a political abyss’

Costello has linked her new constituency rival to other non-aligned independents in the European Parliament such as the controversial former UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Nessa Childers will run in Dublin in effort to retain European Parliament seat

The former Labour MEP’s current Ireland East constituency is being abolished.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

# european-parliament - Sunday 19 January, 2014

Mathews wants all the political parties to support his European Parliament bid

Ireland needs a “straight-talking team” of 11 MEPs to help negotiate a debt write down, the Independent TD believes, but he has not held talks with any of the parties about joining them or getting their support.

# european-parliament - Monday 13 January, 2014

Column: Will we see a UKIP victory in the European Parliament elections?

The rise of hard right eurosceptic parties ahead of the Euro-Elections is causing some murmurs of concern. But do we really have anything to worry about?

# european-parliament - Friday 10 January, 2014

From Business ETC Fundamental social rights were violated by Troika programmes says EU committee Troika

Fundamental social rights were violated by Troika programmes says EU committee

A public hearing in Brussels yesterday heard from MEPs who stated that the social consequences of Troika policies can’t be ignored.

# european-parliament - Thursday 19 December, 2013

Taoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next election

Enda Kenny is “flattered” by being linked to two top European jobs that become available next year, but has insisted he intends to lead his party into the next general election.

# european-parliament - Monday 25 November, 2013

‘If you’ve got no vote, you’ve got no voice’ – MEP pushes election registration

Fine Gael’s Jim Higgins said we fought ‘long and hard’ for our democracy and people should participate in it.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

MEPs back proposal to end practice of ‘travelling circus’

But France is likely to block any changes to the current system whereby MEPs decamp, at considerable cost, to Strasbourg every month.

Airbrushing and body image problems to be addressed by experts & politicians

One MEP is proposing that all publications featuring airbrushed images should also carry mandatory labelling.

Can you name one of your local MEPs? 91 per cent of Dubliners can’t

One of those surveyed answered sincerely that they believed Angela Merkel was their MEP.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

From Business ETC ‘A great day for Europe’: MEPs approve EU’s budget for the next seven years MFF

‘A great day for Europe’: MEPs approve EU’s budget for the next seven years

The agreement brings to near conclusion a lengthy process of getting 28 member states to agree on its spending priorities for the coming years.

# european-parliament - Monday 18 November, 2013

Tánaiste to discuss situation in Syria at EU foreign ministers meeting today

Eamon Gilmore said it’s imperative that the UN Security Council Presidential Statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria agreed last month is implemented.

# european-parliament - Sunday 17 November, 2013

‘He’s very highly regarded’: MEPs back Taoiseach for EU job – but they don’t think he’ll take it

European Council president Herman van Rompuy is said to have approached one Irish MEP, asking them to find out if Kenny is interested in taking one of two top EU jobs that become available next year.

# european-parliament - Saturday 16 November, 2013

Nessa Childers not decided on which European constituency to run in next year

The former Labour MEP faces an uphill battle to retain her European Parliament seat next year.

‘Having a record helps’: Marian Harkin hopes experience will help retain Euro seat

The former TD is the sitting MEP for ‘Ireland North-West’ but will compete in vastly expanded ‘Midlands-North-West’ constituency next year.

‘I’m not confident, but I am hopeful’: New boundaries create new challenges for FG’s MEPs

While the focus has been on Dublin and how to replace Gay Mitchell, Fine Gael is targeting half of the eight seats outside of the capital.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

EU Budget for 2014 agreed after marathon overnight talks

A 400 million fund to help countries hit by flooding and drought had been one of the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations.

# european-parliament - Saturday 2 November, 2013

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”.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

MEPs agree legislation to avoid repeat of PIP breast implant scandal

The proposed legislation seeks to improve transparency of information for patients and medical staff.

# european-parliament - Friday 11 October, 2013

‘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…

# european-parliament - Monday 7 October, 2013

Taoiseach calls for no change to tobacco health warnings

Cigarette companies have been accused of spending millions to influence new European directives on tobacco, but Enda Kenny and James Reilly are asking their European counterparts to vote against any change to warning labels.

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