Interview SF MEP Matt Carthy on post office closures

September 16, 2018

Eamonn Torsney talks to Matt Carthy about the impending closure of post offices around the country and why he’s calling for a revision of the EU Postal Services directive and State subvention of post offices.

Out words: same answer

Dur: 4:35

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Carthy calls for revision of EU postal services directive

September 16, 2018

The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy is calling for a revision of the EU postal services directive which he says prohibits national governments from subsidising the running of post offices.

The Midlands North-West MEP says plans to close nearly one hundred and sixty post offices around the country are a scandal. And he's demanding State subvention of post offices. 

Out words: than that 

Dur: 00:26

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Brian Hayes on big financial issues to be agreed before EU elections

September 15, 2018

The Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes talks to Eamonn Torsney about the big financial issues that have to be ‘closed off’ before next year’s European elections. The Dublin MEP was recently appointed the first Vice-Chair of the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary affairs committee.

He says there are about five major financial areas that have to be resolved before next May’s elections. 

Out words: these issues

Dur: 2:50

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Raw audio – Ni Riada on plastics

September 15, 2018

The Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada talks to Eamonn Torsney about EU moves to introduce a range of measures to tackle the mountain of plastic waste that’s destroying our environment and seas.

Last Thursday MEPs voted to ban micro-plastics in cosmetics and cleaning products by 2020. They also called for the establishment of EU wide quality standards for recycled plastics.

The Parliament is also proposing a range of incentives to collect marine litter at sea and they want a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020.

Out words: isn’t happening

Dur: 3:36

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Big financial issues to be ‘closed off’ before European elections – Hayes

September 15, 2018

The European Parliament is under pressure to close off on major financial issues before next year’s European elections. That’s according to the Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes, who was recently appointed as the first Vice-Chair of the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary affairs (ECON) Committee.

The Dublin MEP says there are about five major financial areas that have to be resolved before next May’s European elections.

Out words: European Union

Dur: 00:33

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Ni Riada warns on everyday use of damaging plastic products

September 15, 2018

We all need to be more mindful of the kinds of plastic products we use everyday such as cotton buds and straws.

That’s the warning from the Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada who was reacting to EU moves to introduce a range of measures to tackle the mountain of plastic waste that’s destroying our environment and seas. 

Last Thursday MEPs voted to ban micro-plastics in cosmetics and cleaning products by 2020. They also called for the establishment of EU wide quality standards for recycled plastics. The Parliament is also proposing a range of incentives to collect marine litter at sea and they want a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020.

Liadh Ni Riada says new EU rules on plastic are desperately needed.   

Out words: about it

Dur: 00:31

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Raw audio – Boylan on Catalan political prisoners

September 14, 2018

Eamonn Torsney talks to the Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan about her visit last week (Friday 7/09) to Catalonia to talk to a number of political prisoners who were arrested during last year’s pro-independence protests in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

The Dublin MEP says the prisoners are facing what she’s calling “baseless accusations of rebellion and sedition” and that they have been “all but forgotten” by other EU countries including Ireland.

The interview starts off with Boylan’s references to the EPP Group which is the largest political group in the European Parliament.    

Out words: to do

Dur: 2:32

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Charges against Catalan separatist prisoners “trumped up” – Boylan

September 14, 2018

Protesters who were imprisoned last year during Catalonia’s pro-independence demonstrations face up to forty years in prison on trumped up charges.

That’s according to the Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan. She recently visited a number of political prisoners who were arrested during last year’s protests in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

The Dublin MEP says the prisoners are facing what she’s calling “baseless accusations of rebellion and sedition” and that they have been “all but forgotten” by other EU countries including Ireland.

Out words: year now

Dur: 00:28

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FG MEP Sean Kelly on ending seasonal clock changes

September 14, 2018

Eamonn Torsney talks to the Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly about EU proposals to end the bi-annual clock changes in the EU.

This week in Strasbourg, the President of the European Parliament called for an end to the bi-annual time switch. During his annual State of the Union Address, Jean-Claude Juncker said clock-changing must stop.

The Commission is proposing to end seasonal clock changes in Europe by 2019.  Sean Kelly says the response of people to the EU consultation shows an overwhelming desire to discontinue seasonal clock changes.

Out words: the winter

Dur: 2:37

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Majority of people want to end seasonal clock-changes – Kelly

September 14, 2018

The majority of people in the EU want to end the bi-annual clock change in March and October and their wishes should be acted on.

That’s the view of the Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly who was referring to an EU public consultation process that showed eighty four percent (84%) of respondents wanted to stop the seasonal time changes.

This week in Strasbourg, the President of the European Parliament called for an end to the bi-annual time switch. During his annual State of the Union Address, Jean-Claude Juncker said clock-changing must stop. The Commission is proposing to end seasonal clock changes in Europe by 2019.  

Sean Kelly says the response of people to the EU consultation shows an overwhelming desire to discontinue seasonal clock changes.

Out words: to have

Dur: 00:28

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