Macra na Feirme Delegation Visits The European Parliament

Independent MEP Marian Harkin met with a delegation from Macra na Feirme who came and visited the European Parliament for a discussion with MEPs on current problems facing young farmers.

‘Use It Or Lose It’ Says Harkin

The European Commission is attempting to move the goalposts concerning the issue of water charges in Ireland by giving contradictory responses to questions from members of the European Parliament. This was stated by independent MEP Marian Harkin when she slated the European Commission for issuing confusing messages and, in the process, misrepresenting the position governing […]

‘Fear Factor’ In Food Supply Chain – Harkin

“Today the European Parliament sent a strong message to the Commission on the need for framework legislation to tackle unfair practices in the food supply chain. This will help to ensure that both European farmers and consumers have the opportunity to benefit from fair and equitable selling and buying conditions”. This was stated by Marian […]

European Parliament discusses impact of U.S. Trade deal on Agriculture – In Private! – Carthy

The Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has warned that Irish farmers need to be extremely concerned about the potential negative impact that EU trade deals with the USA, Canada and Mercosur countries could have on Agriculture. Mr. Carthy was speaking following a meeting of the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural […]

1916 Easter Rising to be celebrated in European Parliament

A two-day celebration of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels next week.   The celebration will comprise of a series of events which will include historical and political hearings, a concert of Irish music, dramatic re-enactments and a presentation of a copy of the 1916 Proclamation of Independence.   […]

We don’t have the resources to look after our resources!

Luke Flanagan MEP  has commented that while individual citizens pay their own way to attend vital meetings on the future of our energy resources, our government and its department of Energy ‘have not got the resources to attend’!!! Today, Monday June 15th, while attending a meeting with the EU Commission (DG Energy) on proposed major […]

MEP Appointed To Climate Change Committee

IFA President Eddie Downey has welcomed the appointment of Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly to the role of Chairman of the European Parliament’s negotiating committee for the International Climate Change Agreement.   Eddie Downey said he looked forward to working with Sean Kelly to achieve an outcome to the international climate talks in Paris later […]

Hogan announces European Parliament and Local Elections will be held on Friday 23 May 2014

Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (22 January 2014) announced that the Government has agreed that the European Parliament and Local Elections will be held on Friday 23 May 2014. Polling will be between the hours of 7am and 10pm on that day.   Every person aged 18 years or over […]

Full audit of bank debt must be carried out to ascertain who benefitted from bailout – Murphy

Speaking in response to comments by Michael Noonan on this week’s visit of a delegation of MEPs from the European Parliament’s Economic Affairs committee, Paul Murphy MEP commented: “Michael Noonan and the Irish government are clearly hoping to win the support of MEPs for a deal on Irish banking debt. Irish taxpayers have been lumbered […]