Deadly strains of TB on the rise – European Parliament

July 7, 2017

By 2050 an estimated ten million people will die every year in the EU because of drug resistant diseases. And a quarter of them will die from drug resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB). That’s according to the European Parliament which is calling on the European Commission to come up with a long term programme to tackle the increase in deadly epidemics across the EU. The Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan says the over prescription of antibiotics in animals is contributing to nastier and more lethal strains of TB. And the Dublin MEP says there is now an EU plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

Out words: new antibiotics

Dur: 00:33

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Drug-resistant diseases causing increase in epidemics – Boylan

July 7, 2017

Drug resistant diseases are on the rise because of an over use of antibiotics by humans and animals. That’s according to the Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan. She was speaking in the European Parliament which this week called on the European Commission to address the increase in life-threatening diseases such as HIV-Aids, tuberculosis (TB) and hepatitis C. MEPs say the number of people affected by drug resistant epidemics is spreading. They’re calling for a plan of action to address that increase in deadly diseases. Here’s Lynn Boylan.

Out words: of antibiotics

Dur: 00:26

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Irish ‘surrendering’ hopes on good Brexit deal – Carthy

July 6, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy says Ireland needs to step up to the mark and argue its case much more strongly during the Brexit negotiations. The Midlands North-West MEP’s comments follow a vote yesterday in the European Parliament rejecting a proposal to give Northern Ireland special designated status in the EU. Matt Carthy says those negotiating on Ireland’s behalf, need to take a tougher stance.

Out words: hard border

Dur: 00:33

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New EU terrorism committee in Ireland’s interests – Hayes

July 6, 2017

New measures to improve security against terrorism in Europe were approved today. MEPs voted to set up a temporary committee, which will operate for at least 12 months. It will examine how EU citizens can be better protected against terrorist attacks on European soil. The Fine Gael MEP says the threat of terrorism affects Ireland as well and that the establishment of the committee will not impinge on Irish neutrality. 

Out words: or Dublin

Dur: 00:33

 

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European Parliament approves Terrorism committee – Hayes

July 6, 2017

The European Parliament today voted to establish a temporary committee on counterterrorism. The new committee will examine the extent of the terrorist threat in Europe and look into any potential faults and malfunctions which might have allowed recent terrorists attacks in Europe to occur. Opponents of the committee claim it will be hijacked by ‘right-wingers’ who’ll use it to propose more law enforcement and security laws. However, the Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes is in favour of the committee’s establishment.

Out words: that exist

Dur: 00:40

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Future EU budget under scrutiny in European Parliament – McGuinness

July 6, 2017

MEPs in Strasbourg have been looking at the future of the EU budget post Brexit. The discussions follow a recent reflection paper on EU finances that was published by the European Commission. Britain’s exit from the EU could leave a significant hole in the overall EU coffers. And MEPs have been looking at where potential cuts could be made if they were necessary.  The Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness says she’s hoping there won’t be cuts to the common agricultural policy in the future.

Out words: rural Europe 

Dur: 00:34

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LEADER programme ‘ridiculous’ and ‘not sustainable’

July 6, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada says communities in rural Ireland are losing out on valuable EU funding because of unnecessary red tape. The Ireland South MEP says administrative rules are killing the LEADER programme. It’s an EU-wide initiative that’s supposed to provide funds for projects in rural areas. However, Ms Ni Riada says applicants have to go through a 15-step process that makes it extremely difficult to complete. And she’s warning that projects are folding as a result.

Out words: the country

Dur: 00:38

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Red tape killing LEADER programme – Ni Riada

July 6, 2017

Unnecessary red tape is killing the LEADER programme in Ireland. And rural communities are suffering as a result. That’s the damning verdict from the Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada. The LEADER programme is an EU-wide initiative that’s supposed to provide funds for projects in rural areas. However, Liadh Ni Riada says administrative demands are making it impossible for people to access the funds.

Out words: a standstill

Dur: 00:38

The decisions on LEADER funding are made at a local level. The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is the programme manager for LEADER.  

Click here for more background info on LEADER https://www.pobal.ie/FundingProgrammes/LEADER/Pages/LEADER.aspx

 

 

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Marian Harkin on Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘ridiculous’ parliament comments

July 5, 2017

The Independent MEP gives her reaction to EuroParlRadio's editor, Karen Coleman about Jean-Claude Juncker's description of the European Parliament yesterady as 'ridiculous'.

out words: every way

Dur: 2:54  

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Juncker owes European Parliament an apology – Harkin

July 5, 2017

The president of the European Commission’s description of the European Parliament as “ridiculous” is disgraceful and unjustified. That’s according to the Independent MEP Marian Harkin. She was referring to Jean-Claude Juncker’s outburst yesterday during a debate reviewing the Maltese presidency of the European Council. Mr Juncker derided MEPs when so few of them turned up to hear an address by the Maltese prime minister. He denounced the parliament as being totally ridiculous and he warned that he would never again attend a meeting of its kind. However, Marian Harkin says the busy schedules of the MEPs mean they can’t always attend every session in the chamber.

Out words: an apology

Dur: 00:26

 

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