“Sackcloth and ashes” for Ryanair – McGuinness

October 4, 2017

Air passengers whose flights have been cancelled need to be dealt with better. And they need to be told how they’re going to be looked after. They’re some of the demands being made by the European Parliament. Ryanair got a bashing in the Parliament last night when MEPs vented steam over its recent bungling of cancelled flights. During a heated debate, MEPs pointed out that passengers had not received complete information on compensation. And they accused Ryanair of not providing the full range of re-routing options available to customers. The Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness says Ryanair needs to take stock of its mistakes.

Out words: the Parliament

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Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes on Catalan crisis

October 4, 2017

Full clip of the Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes on the Catalan crisis. The European Parliament will debate the Catalan-Spanish problems this afternoon. 

Out words: of that

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European Parliament to debate Catalonian crisis – Hayes

October 4, 2017

The crisis in Catalonia will be debated in the European Parliament this afternoon. MEPs will discuss the outcome of last weekend’s violence following Catalonia’s decision to hold a referendum on independence from Spain. The leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont told the BBC yesterday evening that Catalonia would declare independence within the coming days. The Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes says that, while the violence against the voters was disproportionate, the referendum was illegal.

Out words: yesterday

Dur: 00:33

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MEPs wrap Ryanair on the knuckles over cancellations – McGuinness

October 4, 2017

The recent behaviour of Ryanair towards passengers whose flights were cancelled got a vigorous airing in the European Parliament last night. During a heated debate MEPs pointed out that passengers had not received complete information on compensation. And they accused Ryanair of not providing the full range of re-routing options available to customers. Some MEPs also said that working conditions on low-cost air carriers should be investigated by the European Commission. The Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness said Michael O’Leary’s ears must have been burning during the debate.

Out words: the company

Dur: 00:32

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Ryanair has to abide by EU rules for abandoned passengers – Clune

October 4, 2017

Ryanair has to abide by EU rules and ensure that it provides all compensations due to passengers affected by its flight cancellations. That’s the warning from the Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune who is on the European Parliament’s Transport Committee. Last night MEPs debated the Ryanair flight cancellations debacle in the Parliament in Strasbourg. Deirdre Clune says the EU regulations on compensation are very clear 

Out words: the regulation

Dur: 00:36

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European Parliament should support Catalans – Carthy

October 4, 2017

The situation in Catalonia will be debated in the European Parliament later today. Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont has said that the region will declare independence from Spain within a matter of days. The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy says the EU should condemn the violence that was carried out by Spanish police against voters during last weekend’s referendum in Catalonia. However, the EU Commission has said the crisis in Catalonia is an internal matter for Spain. Matt Carthy has condemned the Commission’s stance.

Out words: to flourish

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Catalans “absolute right” to declare independence – Ni Riada

October 4, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada says the European Union should pressure the Spanish government to engage with the Catalonian leaders following last weekend’s independence referendum. The leader of the autonomous region has said that Catalonia will declare independence in a matter of days. The European Parliament will debate the situation in Catalonia later today. Liadh Ni Riada says the violence last weekend by police against the voters was a “huge attack” on democracy.

Out words: this case

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MEP highlights border counties dilemma in Brexit debate – McGuinness

October 3, 2017

The future of the border countries post Brexit was highlighted today in the European Parliament. MEPs voted on a resolution setting out the Parliament’s position on the current round of Brexit talks. During the Brexit debate before the vote, the Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness referred to those counties that could be profoundly impacted by Brexit.

Out words: that happen

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Northern Ireland could be like “flipside” of Greenland– Carthy

October 3, 2017

Northern Ireland could enjoy a special status and remain within the Single market and Custom’s union post Brexit. That’s according to the Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy. The Midlands North-West MEP says there are plenty of examples in the world where places were granted exemptions from general rules. The European Parliament today voted on a resolution setting out its position on the current round of Brexit talks. The document recognises the “unique position” and “special circumstances” of the island of Ireland. And it calls for the avoidance of a hardening of the border. Here’s Matt Carthy.

Out words: to see

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Brexit vote gives mandate for NI special status – Carthy

October 3, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy says a European Parliament resolution on Brexit paves the way for Northern Ireland to remain within the EU single market and customs union. Mr Carthy was referring to a vote today on the resolution which sets out the Parliament’s position on the current phase of Brexit talks. He pointed to a clause in it that refers to Theresa May’s recent comments that there should be no physical border infrastructure between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Out words: two institutions

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