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#European Parliament

# european-parliament - Saturday 17 November, 2018

A new EU directive means it will soon be mandatory for people to be sent SMS alerts during terror attacks

The directive was passed in the European parliament earlier this week.

# european-parliament - Saturday 27 October, 2018

New EU rules aim to cut down on amount of bottled water people drink

On average, every person in the EU consumes up to 106 litres of bottled water every year.

# european-parliament - Thursday 25 October, 2018

EU parliament approves ban on single-use plastics, including straws and cotton buds

The parliament said its ban across the EU targets single-use cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers.

# european-parliament - Sunday 29 April, 2018

Here's what new rules to stop 'unfair' grocery deals could mean for the Irish food sector

Farmers have welcomed moves to rebalance power in the supply chain.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 17 April, 2018

France's Macron warns MEPs of growing sense of authoritarianism in Europe

Macron addressed the European Parliament for the first time this morning.

# european-parliament - Thursday 15 February, 2018

Irish ECB candidate Philip Lane wins backing of key EU parliament committee

The final decision will be taken on 22 March at an EU summit.

# european-parliament - Monday 15 January, 2018

'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.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 29 November, 2017

MEP McGuinness writes to harassment committee over Ming Flanagan's 'puppy' remarks

Flanagan says the remarks have been taken out of context.

# european-parliament - Sunday 26 November, 2017

'The marine equivalent of fracking': Europe to legalise controversial pulse fishing

The European Parliament’s fishing committee allowed a motion to pass legalising the controversial technique.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 24 October, 2017

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.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 4 October, 2017

'This company has simply treated passengers abysmally': Ryanair criticised in EU Parliament

The airline was criticised it on numerous fronts for its treatment of its workers and passengers.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Fine Gael MEP says Ireland needs to re-examine its neutrality ahead of Brexit

Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the EU to implement plans for a common defence strategy

# european-parliament - Tuesday 4 July, 2017

Juncker lays into 'ridiculous' European Parliament after just 30 of 751 MEPs show up for debate

But his remarks drew a sharp response from parliament head Antonio Tajani.

# european-parliament - Friday 30 June, 2017

Marine Le Pen has been charged with misuse of European funds

Le Pen faces claims her party illegally claimed millions of euros from the European Parliament to pay for France-based staff.

# european-parliament - Sunday 9 April, 2017

Irish MEPs criticised as term 'mompreneur' used in European Parliament Watch Your Language This post contains a poll

Irish MEPs criticised as term 'mompreneur' used in European Parliament

The word appeared in legislation on women and their role in rural areas which was supported by two Fine Gael MEPs.

# european-parliament - Monday 3 April, 2017

New laws are coming in to cut 'food fraud' and prevent another horsemeat scandal

But the EU plan stops short of replicating Ireland’s country-of-origin labelling system.

# european-parliament - Thursday 2 February, 2017

'He’s lying to you' - UK MEP explains why he held up sign behind Nigel Farage

Seb Dance was caught on camera holding up the handwritten message behind Farage.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 30 November, 2016

New rules will allow you to use Netflix or Spotify unrestricted across the EU

The measures were approved yesterday allowing “cross-border portability” of paid-for online content.

# european-parliament - Thursday 24 November, 2016

This Irish woman is in the running for the European Parliament presidency

McGuinness said that she hoped her gender doesn’t influence the decision either way, and that the position was by no means secured.

# european-parliament - Saturday 17 September, 2016

Call for more monitoring of super trawlers after dolphin deaths

Irish MEP Seán Kelly said people who break rules should be “dealt with”.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

MEPs laugh at Jean-Claude Juncker when he says Europe is fighting tax evasion

Earlier, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes said: “Changing the rules, however appalling [they are], is not smart.”

# european-parliament - Monday 18 July, 2016

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 - Tuesday 28 June, 2016

"Why are you here?" - An EU chief wasn't impressed with Nigel Farage today

“It’s a pleasure,” replied Nigel Farage.

# european-parliament - Thursday 26 May, 2016

Explainer: So what do the EU's new plans for online shopping mean for you?

The aim is to ensure all EU citizens access the same services and prices, regardless of where they’re based.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 11 May, 2016

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.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 10 May, 2016

Irish MEP left behind in Dublin Airport by Lufthansa

Seán Kelly had been booked on the flight and had paid for his ticket well in advance. And he’s not happy with what happened…

# european-parliament - Thursday 28 April, 2016

Egypt government rejects UN mistreatment claim in Halawa case

The organisation made a number of claims in a letter sent last year.

# european-parliament - Saturday 19 December, 2015

Egypt rejects call to release Ibrahim Halawa as trial postponed again

In a harsh statement, Cairo also called on the European body to reconsider its approach to similar cases in the future.

# european-parliament - Thursday 17 December, 2015

European Parliament passes resolution calling for immediate release of Ibrahim Halawa

MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the resolution.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 27 October, 2015

Two right-wing MEPs have been suspended for making Nazi salutes

The men have been suspended for 10 days but will still be allowed to vote.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 8 September, 2015

Is Sinn Féin now in favour of water charges?

Fine Gael says a vote in the European Parliament means Sinn Féin is now in favour of water charges, but the reality is somewhat different.

# european-parliament - Friday 17 July, 2015

'Thuggery disguised as protest': Why are so many people against Uber? Carpooling This post contains videos

'Thuggery disguised as protest': Why are so many people against Uber?

Several European countries have tried to ban the app, but where does Ireland stand?

# european-parliament - Saturday 13 June, 2015

Here's why having Irish gives you a big leg up in grabbing a €52k EU job

It’s ten years since Irish was made an official language of the EU.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

Fine Gael MEPs have been compared to fascists

Flanagan didn’t hold back in his criticism.

Left-wing campaigners are derailing a US free-trade deal for 'political reasons': Hayes

Debate on the so-called TTIP was suspended this morning amid angry scenes.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 9 June, 2015

Former GAA president says FAI should give back the €5 million

…and then Fifa should hand it over to us again as a legitimate grant.

# european-parliament - Saturday 30 May, 2015

Ireland and the UK should double team the EU on tax

Eurocrats are gearing up, once again, to meddle with our corporate tax rate. We should take a leaf out of our neighbour’s book and demand better.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 20 May, 2015

Resistance to antibiotics could be causing unnecessary deaths in Ireland

An Irish MEP has proposed that the use of the antibiotics without prescription be banned.

# european-parliament - Tuesday 5 May, 2015

Irish MEP’s have one of the lowest attendance rates in the EU

They’ve also been making fewer speeches and asking fewer questions.

# european-parliament - Wednesday 29 April, 2015

Have you heard about Europe's multi-million euro travelling circus?

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes on the ‘disgraceful’ moving of the European Parliament to Strasbourg once a month, every month.

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