MEPs vote to clamp down on food fraud – Boylan

March 15, 2017

Attempts to curb food fraud moved a step forward today when the European Parliament backed EU plans to tighten up official food inspections from farm to fork. The new rules are supposed to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain. The Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan says food fraud is a significant problem.

Out words: to tell

Dur: 00:36

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Turkey’s spat with Netherlands making EU membership ‘impossible’ – Hayes

March 15, 2017

Today’s elections in the Netherlands are taking place against a backdrop of anti-immigration, anti-Islam and Eurosceptic sentiments. The populist politician Geert Wilders, who leads the Freedom Party, has pledged to close all mosques in the Netherlands, to ban the Koran and take the country out of the EU if he becomes leader. And the recent spat between the Netherlands and Turkey has only increased tensions. Turkish ministers were recently banned from addressing Turkish expats in the Netherlands ahead of a controversial referendum back home. The Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes says Turkey’s current behaviour is badly damaging its efforts to join the EU.

Out words: as well

Dur: 00:36

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Interview Mairead McGuinness on Coast Guard tragedy

March 15, 2017

Karen Coleman talks to the Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness about the Coast Guard tragedy and the loss of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick. 

Out words: are lost 

Dur: 3:02 

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MEP pays tribute to Captain Dara Fitzpatrick– McGuinness

March 15, 2017

The Midlands North-West MEP Mairead McGuinness has paid tribute to Captain Dara Fitzpatrick who lost her life in the Coast Guard crash. Ms McGuinness says people like Captain Fitzpatrick and her crew are great, brave people who never flinch from their duties and who put themselves entirely at risk of nature to save others. The Fine Gael MEP had this to say about Captain Fitzpatrick.

Out words: time ahead

Dur: 00:41

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Wilders won’t be in Dutch government – Hayes

March 15, 2017

Voting is well underway in today’s elections in the Netherlands. The race is dominated by the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right party and the populist leader Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party. It’s the first of three crucial elections in Europe. Next month the French go to the polls to elect a new president. And German elections take place in September. The Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes says it’s unlikely Mr Wilders will end up in government despite his popularity in the polls.

Out words: going to happen

Dur: 00:33

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EU gun laws could hamper sports shooters, hunters and gun collectors – Harkin

March 14, 2017

People who use guns legitimately for leisure or collecting and exhibition purposes could be negatively impacted by new EU rules on firearms. That’s according to the Independent MEP Marian Harkin. The European Parliament today approved a revised EU gun law that’s supposed to tighten up gun controls and close security loopholes. It was a response to the Paris attacks where illegal guns were used to kill innocent victims. However, Marian Harkin voted against the new laws because she says they were rushed through and were too heavy-handed.

Out words: European citizens

Dur: 00:31

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New EU gun laws ‘sledgehammer’ tactics – Harkin

March 14, 2017

The Independent MEP Marian Harkin has described new EU laws on gun control as rushed and over-the-top. The European Parliament today approved a revised gun law that’s supposed to close security loopholes and tighten controls on use of weapons within the EU. The measures were a response to the Paris attacks where illegal guns were used to kill innocent victims. But the Midlands North-West MEP says they will negatively impact many legitimate gun owners in her constituency such as hunters, sports shooters and collectors. She’s accusing the European Commission of rushing through the legislation without properly assessing its impact.

Out words: it is

Dur: 00:39

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MEPs vow to tackle massive food waste in EU – McGuinness

March 14, 2017

We waste a whopping eighty nine million tonnes of food every year in the EU. That’s according to the European Parliament which today called for a 50% (fifty percent) reduction in food waste by 2030. It’s all part of a drive to make the EU more sustainable and to encourage the growth of a circular economy. The Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness says our massive wastage of food and other resources can’t continue. 

Out words: food waste

Dur: 00:27

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MEPs demand 50% reduction in food waste and huge hike in recycling– McGuinness

March 14, 2017

The European Parliament is calling for a massive reduction in food waste and a huge rise in recycling. MEPs today voted for proposals to reduce our food waste by 50% by 2030. And they want the share of waste we recycle to rise to 70% (seventy percent) by the same date. MEPs also called for the share of landfilling for waste to be limited to 5% (five percent). It’s all part of a move towards a circular economy in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible. According to the European Parliament, we waste nearly ninety million tonnes of food every year. Here’s the Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness.

Out words: and rising

Dur: 00:37

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New EU gun laws shouldn’t inhibit sports shooters - Hayes

March 14, 2017

The European Parliament today approved revised gun control laws that are supposed to prevent dangerous weapons getting into the wrong hands. The updates include tighter controls on blank-firing and inadequately deactivated weapons like those used in the Paris terror attacks. The Dublin MEP Brian Hayes says he was contacted by a lot of constituents involved in amateur sports shooting. They were concerned the new rules could inhibit their use of weapons.

Out words: to do

Dur: 00:30

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