Interview with Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy on young farmers’ struggles with National Reserve Fund

May 23, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy talks to Meabh McMahon about the problems he believes young farmers are experiencing when trying to access funds from the National Reseve Scheme. 

Out words: good enough 

Dur: 1:48 

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Young Farmers face ‘uphill battle’ accessing National Reserve Fund – Carthy

May 23, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy says young farmers are facing unnecessary barriers when trying to access funds from the National Reserve Scheme. The €5m (five million euro) scheme is supposed to encourage young people into farming by making funds available to them provided they fulfil certain criteria. But Matt Carthy says the scheme’s requirement that the applicant meets certain agricultural educational conditions is too draconian.  He says the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed needs to change the rules.  

Out words: the sector

Dur: 00:38

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Cutting food waste is complex issue – McGuinness

May 16, 2017

Members of the European Parliament vote today on new plans to reduce food waste by 2030. Proposals include lifting restrictions on food donations, clarifying 'best before' labels, and raising more awareness in homes around Europe. The Fine Gael MEP Mairead Mc Guinness welcomes the fact that food waste is being debated this week in Strasbourg but is concerned about the impact certain measures could have on farmers.  

Out words: political agenda.  

Dur: 00:24 

 

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European Parliament tackles massive food waste

May 16, 2017

A staggering one third of food produced in the world for human consumption is lost or wasted every year. That’s according to the European Parliament which last night debated measures to halve food waste by 2030. They’re to vote on those proposals today. The Fine Gael MEP Mairead Mc Guinness says food waste poses a financial burden on both families and consumers in Ireland. And she’s happy to see the issue high up on the political agenda at a national and European level.

Out words: this issue.  

Dur: 00:32

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€120m EU funds for free wifi in public spaces – Ni Riada

April 7, 2017

An EU initiative may enable more of us to enjoy free wifi in public spaces in the future. That’s according to the Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada who is a member of the European Parliament’s Budget Committee. This week MEPs in the Committee approved the scheme that aims to provide funding for the rollout of free wifi in certain public places. The next step will be to secure the backing of the majority of the MEPs in the European Parliament for it to be officially approved. However Liadh Ni Riada is confident that will happen. She now explains.

Out words: more connected

Dur: 00:26

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Brazilian meat scandal highlights dangers of cheap imports – Carthy

April 7, 2017

The ongoing trade talks between the EU and the Mercosur Latin American countries should be suspended. That’s the call being made by the Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy. His demand follows recent revelations of serious fraud and corruption in the Brazilian beef and poultry trade. Mr Carthy says the Brazilian scandal highlights the dangers of importing cheaper poultry and beef products from non EU countries.

Out words: sacrificial lamb

Dur: 00:30

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Carthy calls for suspension of Brazilian beef and poultry imports

April 7, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy is calling on the EU to suspend all imports of Brazilian beef and poultry. His call follows recent revelations of serious fraud and corruption in the Brazilian beef and poultry trade. A two-year investigation by the Brazilian Federal Police showed that potentially dangerous meat products were placed in the food chain. MEPs this week demanded to know why EU border checks failed to detect tainted Brazilian meat products coming into the EU. The scandal comes as the EU continues to negotiate a trade deal with the Mercosur countries in Latin America. Here’s Matt Carthy. 

Out words: trading bloc

Dur: 00:39

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Longer clip – McGuinness on Hate speech and fake news

April 6, 2017

Longer clip of Mairead McGuinness on European Parliament debate on how to deal with hate speech and fake news. Relates to previous clip filed on this. She also refers to extreme language & commentary being used in the Brexit debate. The interview was conducted prior to the debate taking place in the European Parliament this week.

Out words: we’re taking

Dur: 2:23

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Hate speech & fake news in European Parliament spotlight – McGuinness

April 6, 2017

The thorny issue of how to control hate speech and fake news, particularly on social media outlets, has been grabbing the attention of MEPs. The European Parliament this week debated how to tackle the growing proliferation of false and defamatory comments made over the internet. Some MEPs called for greater pressure on social media platforms to remove damaging content. However, others cautioned against any form of media controls. The Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness says this is an issue that will not be resolved easily. 

Out words: what’s not 

Dur: 00:38 

 

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Final barrier to free roaming cleared – Kelly

April 6, 2017

MEPs removed the last hurdle on the way to full abolition of retail roaming surcharges in a vote today in the European Parliament. The abolition of retail roaming surcharges is due to happen on the 15 June. It should enable consumers to call, text and use mobile data for the same cost at home while travelling in another EU country. The Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly welcomed today’s vote.

Out words: some arrangement

Dur: 00:28

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