Irish MEPs resist EU efforts for digital tax - Clune

April 17, 2018

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French President Emmanuel Macron, during a debate on the future of Europe with the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, brought up the idea of a temporary 'digital tax' on internet companies operating in the EU. The idea has been very unpopular in Ireland but has received support in the European Parliament. Deirdre Clune, a Fine Gael MEP representing Ireland South, has been trying to convince her colleagues that such a temporary tax is not a good idea.

 

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"...in that area"

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Boylan unimpressed with Macron’s silence on gender equality

April 17, 2018

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French President Emmanuel Macron presided over a debate on the future of Europe today at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, taking question from MEPs about what future policy priorities should be. But Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein MEP representing Dublin, said she was dissapointed that Macron said nothing about gender equality in his opening speech, given the high visability of the issue currently.

 

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"...the right to wear what they want to wear"

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Ni Riada pushing for digital language equality strategy for EU

April 17, 2018

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Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein MEP representing Ireland South, is pushing for a resolution in the European Parliament recognising the right of internet users to interact with web sites and apps in their language of choice. She says this is particularly important for small languages like Irish.

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"...for our cultural rights"

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Ni Riada wants to spread Ireland’s MensSheds movement throughout Europe

April 17, 2018

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Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein MEP for Ireland South, has told Ireland's Mens Sheds Association they should branch out into Europe. The association provides space for men to meet and also provides health services.

 

Outro: "...they really are terrific".

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Ireland’s two extra MEPs probably won’t require new constituencies in the new term, says Sean Kelly

April 17, 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. But there is still no clarity over how many members will be elected from the European Parliament. The Parliament itself approved a plan last month to give Ireland two extra MEPs after Brexit, but this must still be affirmed by the Commission. Even after then, it is unclear whether Ireland's constituency borders will need to be withdrawn. Sean Kelly, Fine Gael MEP representing Ireland South, believes Ireland will probably retain the same number of constituencies, but possibly with different borders.

Outro: "...four constituencies"

 

 

 

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Facebook wants EU privacy policy as a global standard, says MEP Sean Kelly

April 17, 2018

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Next month, Facebook will introduce new privacy guarantees for its users. The changes aren't a result of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, but a legal requirement from a new EU law called the General Data Protection Regulation, taking effect on 25 May. Sean Kelly, Fine Gael MEP for Ireland South, helped write the legislation and recently visited the big tech companies in Silicon Valley

Outro: "...global standard"

 

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Brian Hayes defends Syrian missile strikes

April 17, 2018

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Leftist members of the European Parliament challenged French President Macron, during a debate on the future of Europe today in Strasbourg, on his decision to join the US and UK in launching missile strikes in Syria over the weekend, in response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons. Brian Hayes, Fine Gale MEP for Dublin, defended Macron's handling of the situation.

Outro: "war that's coming to an end shortly"

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Lynn Boylan blasts Macron for Syria intervention

April 17, 2018

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A number of leftist members of the European Parliament challenged French President Macron, during a debate on the future of Europe today in Strasbourg, on his decision to join the US and UK in launching missile strikes in Syria over the weekend, in response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons. Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein MEP for Dublin, was one of them.

 

Outro: "...have to flee their home"

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EU waste strategy empowers fishermen to help fight against plastic waste

April 17, 2018

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This week members of the European Parliament will approve new EU legislation on waste, which includes a new strategy to tackle unnecessary plastic packaging. Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein MEP for Ireland South, says the EU is providing fishermen tools to wage this fight against plastic waste.

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"...help clear up our oceans"

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Macron tells MEPs European and American values are diverging

April 17, 2018

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French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg today in which he said a stronger European Union can serve as a defence against growing authoritarianism and nationalism across the world. He said that although the United States is a close ally of the EU, he would include it in the list of countries which are diverging from European values.  Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly said the French President was right to point that out.

Out words: "...and I would agree with that"

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