European Parliament calls for more gender balance in the media - Clune

April 18, 2018

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The European Parliament adopted a report this week calling for more gender balance in Europe's media. Estimates say that only about a quarter of newspaper journalists in the EU are women. Deirdre Clune, a Fine Gael MEP who coted for the report, says the reality on the ground doesn't make sense when compared to the amount of women who study journalism and media.

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"...startling figures"

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Revision to EU posted worker rules will mean equal pay for equal work - Harkin

April 18, 2018

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The European Parliament has revised the EU's Posted Workers Directive, which allows EU companies to move workers temporarily to another EU member state. The directive has been the subject of criticism for many years from those who believe it sinks wages for local workers and leads to deteriorating workers rights.

Independent Irish MEP Marian Harkin says this revision will stop abusive practices and ensure that workers are treated fairly.

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"...to work etcetera"

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Ireland isn’t gaining two European Parliament seats, it’s losing one - Carthy

April 18, 2018

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The European Parliament is going to have to reallocate the number of MEPs in the next term following Brexit, and the Republic of Ireland is set to gain two seats - 13 in the next term starting next year from 11 today.

Mairead McGuiness, a Fine Gael MEP and vice-president of the parliament, has said this is a great opportunity for an increased voice in the EU and said this week constituencies need to be urgently redrawn.

But Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy says in his view Ireland is actually losing seats, because Northern Ireland will lost its three seats in the European Parliament after Brexit. He says Dublin should focus on maintaining seats for the North in the next term, rather than focusing on reallocating the two new seats.

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"...voted to remain part of the European Union"

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New EU organic rules a huge opportunity for Irish farmers - Harkin

April 18, 2018

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The EU now has its first EU-wide regulations for organic farming products, and they are set to make it easier for Irish farmers to get into the organics business, says independent member of the European Parliament Marian Harkin. Imports, which account for 50% of the organic market in the EU, now must meet the same standards as organic products grown in the EU, putting them on a level playing field with imports.

Right now there are about 1,800 organic farmers in Ireland - about half the average level in the EU. But the new standards will make it wasier and more interesting for Irish farmers to get involved in this area, she says.

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"...there's a real opportunity to grow."

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Carthy: Any digital tax should be national, not European

April 18, 2018

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The European Commission last month proposed a special tax on digital companies which would be based on their number of users in Europe and go directly toward the EU budget. But Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy says such own-revenue-raising by the EU would set a dangerous precedent, and if such taxes are to be considered they should be national.

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"...public services in that member state".

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Brexit: Irish border issue must be resolved by summer or there will be no withdrawal agreement - McGuinness

April 18, 2018

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Members of the European Parliament received an update on Brexit negotiations from the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier today in Strasbourg. Barnier warned that a solution to the Irish border issue must be found, otherwise there will be no agreement on the UK's withdrawal from the EU, and no two-year transition period, as has been provisionally agreed.

Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP and a vice-president in the parliament, said this agreement needs to be reached by June and not by October as envisioned by London.

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"...that this is resolved"

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EU report finds too much concentration in Irish media landscape

April 18, 2018

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A legal opinion commissioned in the European Parliament has concluded that Ireland has one of the most concentrated media ownerships in any democracy, a situation compounded by harsh defamation laws. Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan says her party supports the recomendations of the report, including a reform of Ireland's defamation laws. She also wants the Irish government to set up a committee to investigate media ownership in Ireland.

 

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"...all of the newspapers" 

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Four million ‘ghost cars’ are lurking on the streets of Europe - Clune

April 18, 2018

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The European Parliament this week held a vote in Strasbourg on a strategy to improve reporting on end-of-life vehicles; cars that can no longer be driven and need to be disposed of. These cars should be disposed of in a specific way, not only because the metal oil and engine and palstic materials in a car can be harmful to the environment, but also because these cars contain valuable raw materials that can be reused.

A report came out last week showing that there are almost four million 'ghost cars' in Europe - those that were registered but have sine disapeared. Nobody knows where they are.

Deirdre Clune, a Fine Gael MEP for Ireland South, is pushing for these new reporting obligations to be adopted. Ireland, which has a collection scheme for these vehicles, but it isn't always used. In 2015, 92% of cars were collected and disposed of in the right way. That means 8% are left in fields or dumped in canals.

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"...it will be disposed of"

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Irish government must start redrawing European Parliament constituency boundaries now - McGuinness

April 18, 2018

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On Monday the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee voted to fix the period for the next European Parliament elections – between 23 and 26 May 2019. Because of British MEPs leaving the parliament after Brexit, Ireland is expected to get two new MEPs - with 13 in the new term up from 11 today.

Mairead McGuinness, a Fine Gale MEP representing the Midlands North-West constituency who is a vice-president of the European Parliament, says that given the two new seats, there will have to be boundary changes and it is essential that the Irish government set these new boundaries as soon as possible.

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"...come May 2019"

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Macron’s grand vision must respect small EU countries, says Brian Hayes

April 18, 2018

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French President Emmanuel Macron presided over a debate on the future of Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, taking questions from MEPs about what future EU policy priorities should be. Brian Hayes, a Fine Gael MEP representing Dublin, welcomed Macron's pro-European vision. But he warned that this vision should not be driven only by France and Germany following Brexit, a sentiment echoed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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"...political ambition"

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