Harkin Slams LEADER Proposals

The action by Minister Hogan to move LEADER companies from direct community management to the remit of the County Councils will catapult us right back to the type of gombeen politics we should have left behind a generation ago.  His belief that the fingerprints of politicians or officialdom should be indelibly printed on every single […]

Government Regional Policy Fails Laois says MEP

The publication of the CSO County Incomes and Regional GDP study confirms the failure of the current National Spatial Strategy to provide balanced regional development and raises serious issues concerning the recommendations of the Pat Spillane CEDRA report. This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she charged successive governments of failing to tackle […]

Commission caught up in the ACTA

The referal of ACTA to the European Court of Justice is a victory for concerned citizens, said Labour MEP for Munster Phil Prendergast, further to this week’s surprising announcement by Trade Commissioner de Gucht that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be refered to the European Court of Justice for an assessment of its compatibility […]