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UK participation in EU elections poses potential legal challenges – McGuinness

UK participation in EU elections poses potential legal challenges – McGuinness

April 18, 2019

The UK participation in next month’s EU elections could pave the way for potential legal challenges in Ireland because of the two extra MEP seats we’ve been given.

That’s according to the Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness.

A number of countries including Ireland, were given extra MEP seats on the assumption the British were leaving and a proportion of their seats were then redistributed to other member states.

However, the last two winning MEP candidates will have to put their European ambitions on hold If the UK participate in the European elections.

Mairead McGuinness says that could lead to potential legal challenges.

Out words: it is

Dur: 00:24

“Frozen” MEP seats after election – McGuinness

“Frozen” MEP seats after election – McGuinness

April 18, 2019

Two winning MEP candidates in May's elections will have to put their European ambitions on hold If the UK participate in the European elections.

Ireland was given two extra MEP seats on the assumption the British were leaving and a proportion of their seats were then redistributed to other EU countries. 

The electoral boundaries were changed and the Dublin and Ireland South constituencies were each given an extra seat.

However, the Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness says the last two winning candidates in the two constituencies won’t be able to take up their European seats if the UK take part in the elections.

Out words: European Union

Dur: 00:37

Meatless Mondays can’t be enforced – Ni Riada

Meatless Mondays can’t be enforced – Ni Riada

April 18, 2019

The Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada has dismissed proposals in An Taisce’s recent resource pack that encourages secondary school children to promote meat free Mondays.

The pack on Climate action, which was developed by An Taisce, also advocates veganism and the consumption of less dairy products. It’s available to school teachers to download as part of An Taisce’s Green Schools programme.

Liadh Ni Riada says the choice to go meatless should be a purely personal one.

Out words: a Monday

Dur: 00:34

MEP hosts “climate emergency” event in Cork – Ni Riada

MEP hosts “climate emergency” event in Cork – Ni Riada

April 18, 2019

The Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada will host what she’s calling a “Fighting for Climate Action” event in Cork today.

The seminar follows the launch this week of a climate emergency manifesto by the political group that Sinn Fein is attached to in the European Parliament.  

Here’s Liadh Ni Riada.

Out words: the planet

Dur: 00:25

Mandatory Life-saving technologies for vehicles from 2022 – Clune

Mandatory Life-saving technologies for vehicles from 2022 – Clune

April 17, 2019

New life-saving technologies for vehicles will have to be provided by May 2022.

The European Parliament has approved new rules that will make it obligatory for all new vehicles to be fitted with a wide range of advanced safety systems within three years.  

They include intelligent speed assistance, alcohol breathalysers and driver drowsiness and attention warnings. Vehicles will also have to have emergency stop signals and black boxes that will record what went on in a vehicle directly before a crash.

The Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune, who is on the European Parliament’s Transport Committee explains 

Out words: as well

Dur: 00:36

Hogan’s “too soon to tell” Brexit emergency package “not good enough” – Carthy

Hogan’s “too soon to tell” Brexit emergency package “not good enough” – Carthy

April 17, 2019

The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy says the EU is not moving fast enough to provide emergency support to those businesses and sectors that are being damaged by Brexit.

The Midlands North-West MEP is calling on the EU to start organising emergency support now as jobs are being lost and businesses such as those in the agri-food sector are losing money.

He says Ireland’s EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan is moving too slowly and that the EU needs to accelerate its support to those who need it because of Brexit.

Out words: the road

Dur: 00:29

EU needs to provide Brexit emergency support now – Carthy

EU needs to provide Brexit emergency support now – Carthy

April 17, 2019

The EU needs to provide emergency support now to those businesses and sectors in Ireland that have already been hit by Brexit.

That’s the demand from the Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy. He says jobs are being lost and businesses and farmers are losing money because of the impact Brexit is already having on them.

The Midlands North-West MEP says the EU should provide assistance now and that it can’t delay providing help to those affected until the UK actually leaves the EU.

Out words: they’re required

Dur: 00:40

Young climate change activists like Greta Thunberg making an impact – Boylan

Young climate change activists like Greta Thunberg making an impact – Boylan

April 17, 2019

Young climate change activists like the sixteen year old Swede Greta Thunberg, are making a difference and influencing change.

That’s according to the Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan. She was speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg where yesterday Greta Thunberg delivered an impactful address to MEPs.

She told them Europe needs to do a lot more to tackle the ravages of climate change.

Lynn Boylan says MEPs are taking Greta seriously.

Out words: nonsense girl

Dur: 00:16

Interview Marian Harkin MEP on leaving EU politics

Interview Marian Harkin MEP on leaving EU politics

April 17, 2019

The Independent MEP Marian Harkin talks to EuroParlRadio's editor Karen Coleman about her decision to step down from EU politics. 

In the interview the Midlands North-West MEP says she will greatly miss the cut and thrust of EU politics. But one thing she says she won’t miss is the weekly travel grind that went along with the job. 

Out words: to it

Dur: 7:34

Harkin won’t miss tough travel regime for EU job

Harkin won’t miss tough travel regime for EU job

April 17, 2019

The Independent MEP Marian Harkin says she won’t miss the tough travel regime that was part and parcel of her job.

The Midlands North-West MEP is bowing out of EU politics. She decided not to contest the European Parliament elections next month after serving three terms as an MEP.

Marian Harkin says she doesn’t know yet what she will do after she leaves EU politics. But one thing she won’t miss is the weekly travel grind that went along with the job.

Out words: worked with

Dur: 00:40