International effort needed to tackle tax avoidance – Carthy

March 20, 2017

A European Parliament inquiry into tax avoidance is focusing on the US this week. A 9-person delegation of MEPs will meet a range of US officials including politicians from the US House of Representatives and Senate. The visit is part of the European Parliament’s inquiry into the Panama Papers scandal which was uncovered last year. It revealed how some of the rich and wealthy were using tax havens to evade tax, launder money and avoid sanctions. The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy, who is on the Parliament’s Panama Papers inquiry, is part of the delegation to the US.

Out words: international level  

Dur: 00:32

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MEPs in US for Tax Evasion Inquiry – Carthy

March 20, 2017

MEPs from the European Parliament are this week visiting the US as part of the Panama Papers tax evasion inquiry. The 9-person delegation will meet a range of US officials including politicians from the US House of Representatives and Senate. The visit is part of the European Parliament’s inquiry into the Panama Papers scandal which was uncovered last year. It revealed how some of the rich and wealthy were using tax havens to evade tax, launder money and avoid sanctions. The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy, who is on the Parliament’s Panama Papers inquiry, is part of the delegation to the US. He says the scandal of tax avoidance and evasion by wealthy corporations is one of the defining issues of our time.

Out words: when necessary 

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MEPs call for stepping up of security – Clune

March 16, 2017

It’s nearly a year ago since the Brussels attacks that left thirty two (32) dead and many more injured. Since then the EU has introduced a range of measures to better protect European citizens against terrorist attacks. But this week MEPs in the European Parliament stressed the need to step up security. They called for better information sharing among EU countries and additional measures to prevent radicalisation. Here’s the Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune.

Out words: member states 

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Trump’s gag rule risking women’s lives – Boylan

March 16, 2017

The US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw US funding for NGOs that provide or promote abortion to women in developing countries. The so-called gag rule was first imposed by Ronald Regan in the eighties. Since its introduction, it has repeatedly been lifted by Democrats and reintroduced by Republicans. Donald Trump's decision to reintroduce the ban has led to strong reactions around the globe. This week the European Parliament debated the rule and some MEPs have called for the EU to help fund any deficits caused by it. The Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan says the rule will lead to more women having backstreet abortions.

Out words: at risk

Dur: 00:17

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EU Jobs for Irish-language translators – Kelly

March 16, 2017

There’s good news for Irish-speaking linguists who can interpret and translate EU proceedings into Irish. The Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly says the EU will be looking for a number of Irish-language interpreters who are also fluent in at least two other EU languages which can include English. He says it’s all part of a move to make Irish a full official language in the EU.

Out words: European Union

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Trump’s abortion gag rule under European Parliament spotlight – Boylan

March 16, 2017

The so-called global gag rule imposed by US President Donald Trump has been getting strong reaction from MEPs in the European Parliament. Under the rule, Trump has threatened to cut US public funding for NGOs who provide or promote abortion to women in developing countries. During a debate in the Parliament this week some MEPs called on the EU to step in and help fund any deficits caused by the rule. However other MEPs, who are against abortion, weren’t in favour of European intervention. The Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan says the gag rule could actually push more women into having backstreet abortions.

Out words: a backstreet

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Sanctions against offensive sexist Polish MEP justified – Clune

March 15, 2017

The severe sanctions imposed on a Polish MEP for issuing offensive sexist remarks against women are fully justified. So says the Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune. The President of the European Parliament this week imposed unprecedented sanctions against the far right Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke. He caused uproar during a recent parliamentary debate when he said women must earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent. However the parliament was swift to retaliate and the penalties include losing his daily subsistence allowance for 30 days. He’s also been banned from representing the parliament for a year. Here’s Deirdre Clune.

Out words: good thing

Dur: 00:33

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Carthy calls on all parties to set out United Ireland vision

March 15, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy is calling on all parties across the Island of Ireland to set out their policies on a United Ireland. The Midlands North-West MEP says the impact of Brexit is making a referendum on a United Ireland a much more real prospect. He’s welcomed Micheál Martin’s promise to publish a twelve point plan on strengthening economic, political and educational links between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Out words: from that

Dur: 00:32

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Partition of Ireland ‘stumbling block’ to full potential – Carthy

March 15, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy is calling for an all-Ireland debate on a future United Ireland. He was speaking in the European Parliament where Brexit and Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second Scottish independence referendum have received much attention this week. The Midlands North-West MEP says the future withdrawal of the UK from the EU makes the prospect of a United Ireland much more pressing.

Out words: of Brexit

Dur: 00:41

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Fraud in herbs & spices big business – Boylan

March 15, 2017

Now we know it can be hard to resist a delicious serving of fresh battered cod and chips from your local chippie. But how do you know you’re actually eating cod and that it’s not a cheaper white fish? Well that’s a dilemma the European Parliament is grappling with. They voted today for new EU plans to tighten up official food inspections to combat fraud in the food chain. According to the Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan fish fraud is huge. And she says it’s also prevalent in the herbs and spices industry.

Out words: some sort

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