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FG MEP Deirdre Clune on European Parliament priorities

FG MEP Deirdre Clune on European Parliament priorities

February 16, 2020

The Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune talks to Kevin Purcell about being back in the European Parliament and what her priorities will be for the next few years.

Out words: needs be 

Dur: 3:08

 

Great to be back! Clune on European Parliament priorities

Great to be back! Clune on European Parliament priorities

February 15, 2020

The Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune says it’s great to be back in the European Parliament after being frozen out of EU politics following her win in the European elections last year.   

The Ireland South MEP couldn’t take up her seat until the British left the European Union.

But she was able to return to Brussels and Strasbourg this month after the British MEPs vacated the Parliament and paved the way for both herself and Fianna Fail’s Barry Andrews to become fully fledged MEPs.  

Now Deirdre Clune says the future relationship with the UK will be a significant focus for her in the years ahead.

Out words: be protected 

Dur: 00:33

MEPs demand action against gender equality backlash – Fitzgerald

MEPs demand action against gender equality backlash – Fitzgerald

February 15, 2020

Women still face many of the challenges identified twenty five years ago despite international efforts to counter gender inequalities. So says the European Parliament which this week called on EU countries to take strong action against all measures undermining women’s rights.

A sizeable majority of MEPs backed a resolution demanding action to counter the backlash against gender equality.

The Fine Gael MEP Frances Fitzgerald says the Parliament is developing a new strategy on gender issues. 

 

Out words: young women

Dur: 00:38

Trade & development high up on Andrews MEP agenda

Trade & development high up on Andrews MEP agenda

February 15, 2020

Trade and development  will be high up on the agenda of the new Fianna Fail MEP Barry Andrews. He attended his first European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg last week after being frozen out of EU politics since he was elected last year.

Mr Andrews wasn’t able to take up his seat until the UK left the EU at the end of last month.

Now he’s focusing on some key issues for the years ahead.

Out words: agendas there

Dur: 00:33

 

“We want an Irish Green Deal” - Cuffe

“We want an Irish Green Deal” - Cuffe

February 13, 2020

The next Government should prioritise an Irish Green Deal as well as housing and health according to Green MEP Ciarán Cuffe.

He was speaking after his party leader met with Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald as she tries to form a Government.

Ciarán Cuffe says his preference is a coalition on the left but is open to talking to all parties.

Speaking in Strasbourg, he said the Greens want a number of issues tackled by whoever is in charge

Dur: 0:24

Out: coming days

European Parliament calls for compulsory pet register

European Parliament calls for compulsory pet register

February 13, 2020

Your pet dog or cat may need to be registered on an EU-wide system as part of efforts to clamp down on pet trafficking.

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution which also calls for tougher sanctions against smugglers.

It’s thought that about 46 thousand dogs are sold every month between EU member states, most of the unregistered.

Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan explains what’s involved in the resolution

Dur: 0:32

Out: be stopped

“Strong Irish voice needed in critical Brexit phase” - Fitzgerald

“Strong Irish voice needed in critical Brexit phase” - Fitzgerald

February 13, 2020

Fine Gael MEP Frances Fitzgerald says Ireland needs a strong voice as critical talks get underway between the EU and the UK

Negotiations on a future relationship are expected to begin next month but it remains to be seen whether a new Irish Government is formed by then.

This week, the European Parliament set out its stall and called on the UK to follow EU rules in a host of areas.

Frances Fitzgerald says it will be a challenging period 

Dur: 0:21

Out: any cost

 

“Ireland could be doing more to contain coronavirus” - Daly

“Ireland could be doing more to contain coronavirus” - Daly

February 13, 2020

Dublin MEP Clare Daly says Ireland could be doing more at points of entry to help contain the coronavirus.

She made the comments following an update from the European Commission in the European Parliament last night.

EU Health Ministers are currently discussing the outbreak at an emergency meeting in Brussels.

It comes as the death toll in China alone rises to more than 1300.

Clare Daly says the EU seems to be taking the issue seriously

 

Dur: 0:36

Out: focussed

EU Health Ministers hold emergency meeting over coronavirus

EU Health Ministers hold emergency meeting over coronavirus

February 13, 2020

EU Health Ministers are holding emergency talks in Brussels to discuss the coronavirus.

It comes after the death toll in China jumped dramatically to over 1300 while the total number of infections in the country is now close to 60 thousand.

Last night, a spokesperson for the European Commission told Parliament it has mobilised its services and agencies and is working on all fronts to tackle the outbreak.

Dublin MEP Clare Daly spoke during the debate

Dur: 0:30

Out: contain it

Clune calls for action on Artificial Intelligence

Clune calls for action on Artificial Intelligence

February 13, 2020

Artificial intelligence systems are throwing up biased results against women when it comes to systems like hiring websites.

Concerns have been raised about the issue at European Parliament level.

There are now calls for better AI regulation so there’s more transparency in the process.

Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune, who sits on the Consumer Protection Committee, says it needs to be addressed

Dur: 0:35

Out: the beginning