Harkin lambasts Juncker for ‘ridiculous’ parliament comments

July 5, 2017

The Independent MEP Marian Harkin has lashed out at the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker for the derogatory comments he made about MEPs yesterday. Mr Juncker berated them for failing to turn up for the address by the Maltese prime minister. The EU chief, who was in the chamber during the Maltese debate, described the parliament as being ridiculous. And he complained that there would have been a much bigger attendance if the German or French leaders were present. However, Marian Harkin says MEPs are extremely busy and can’t always attend every session in the chamber.

Out words: to say

Dur: 00:30

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Interview Lynn Boylan on absence of Brian Crowley MEP from European Parliament

July 5, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan talks to Karen Coleman about the ongoing absence from the European Parliament of the Fianna Fail MEP Brian Crowley. 

Out words: completely absent 

Dur: 01:55

 

 

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Crowley absence from European Parliament “huge” impact - Boylan

July 5, 2017

The Fianna Fail MEP Brian Crowley’s absence from the European Parliament is definitely having an impact on the party’s influence in important Parliamentary issues such as Brexit. That’s according to the Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan. Ill health has meant that Mr Crowley has been largely absent from the European Parliament since he was re-elected to it in 2014. Mr Crowley’s inability to attend the European Parliament was highlighted again following concerns raised by his substitute Kieran Hartley. Lynn Boylan says it’s crucial MEPs attend the parliament on a regular basis. 

Out words: Fianna Fail

Dur: 00:31

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Bassett’s Irexit comments ‘daft’ & ‘utter nonsense’ – Kelly

July 5, 2017

The Fine Gael MEP has dismissed recent suggestions by a former Irish diplomat that Ireland should give serious consideration to a radically different relationship between Ireland and the EU post Brexit. The report for the UK Policy Exchange think tank, which was drawn up by Ray Bassett, said Ireland should consider other options including Irexit. Here’s what Sean Kelly thought of it.  

Out words: not helpful

Dur: 00:37

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Collins wouldn’t be happy at Irish dependence on UK outside EU – Kelly

July 5, 2017

If Michael Collins were alive today he wouldn’t be very happy at the suggestion that Ireland should consider following Britain out of the EU. So says the Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly who was speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Mr Kelly was reacting to recent comments made by a former Irish diplomat. In a report for the right-leaning UK Policy Exchange think tank, Ray Bassett argued that Ireland should give serious consideration to a radically different relationship between Ireland the the EU post Brexit. Here’s Sean Kelly.

Out words: the big

Dur: 00:26

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Juncker’s “ridiculous” parliament comments a wake up call for MEPs – McGuinness

July 5, 2017

The Estonian Prime Minister this morning presented to the European Parliament the priorities of the incoming Estonian Presidency of the EU council of Ministers. Yesterday MEPs reviewed the work of the outgoing Maltese presidency. During that session, the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker slated MEPs for their poor turnout to hear the Maltese prime minister speak. He said the parliament wasn’t serious and he described it as being “very ridiculous”. The Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani rebuked Mr Juncker for his remarks. The Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness says Mr Juncker went a step too far with his criticisms. However, she argues they are a wake up call for MEPs. 

Out words: political groups

Dur: 00:40

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Juncker “ridiculous” parliament comments a “step too far” – McGuinness

July 5, 2017

MEPs in the European Parliament have been reacting to derogatory comments about the parliament that were made yesterday by Jean-Claude Juncker. The European Commission President derided MEPs when so few of them turned up to hear an address by the Maltese prime minister. Mr Juncker denounced the parliament as being totally ridiculous. He complained that there would have been a much bigger attendance if the German or French leaders were present. The Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness had this to say about Mr Juncker’s comments.

Out words: important debates

Dur: 00:40

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Government needs to debate CETA deal in public – Carthy

July 5, 2017

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Ireland has highlighted again differences over the EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA. Yesterday both the Taoiseach and Mr Trudeau reaffirmed their commitment to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. However, the Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy says the deal is a serious threat to Irish democratic and judicial systems. And he says it’s imperative the CETA deal gets debated in public.

Out words: signal out

Dur: 00:36

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Irish government’s position on CETA ‘outrageous’ – Carthy

July 5, 2017

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was treated to dinner in Dublin Castle last night. The dinner followed a day of events yesterday when Prime Minister Trudeau met the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Both leaders praised the EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA. Mr Trudeau said it would give Canadian and Irish businesses greater access to each other’s markets. However, critics of the deal say it’s being pushed through without proper discussion in national parliaments. The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy is demanding the CETA deal get a proper airing in the Dail.

Out words: was negotiated

Dur: 00:42

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Interview Matt Carthy on corporate tax transparency rules & Hayes comments

July 4, 2017

Interview with Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy on corporate tax transparency rules - & comments made by Brian Hayes on the move by Sinn Fein MEPs to abstain from voting on those rules today. Relates to 2 previous clips filed on this. Interview conducted by Karen Coleman. 

Out words: forced through

Dur: 4:40

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