European Commission recommends to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in Brexit negotiations

The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have today reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement. All aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement have now been finalised and agreed at negotiator level. This agreement marks a decisive moment in the negotiations. The European Commission therefore recommended to the […]

Plastic crisis: taxes are vital to cut pollution, but EU plans fall short, new study finds

Taxing plastics can help lead to a responsible use of the material by triggering the necessary reduction of both production and consumption, a new report finds. However, a plastic tax will only work if designed to influence producer and consumer behaviour, rather than raising revenue. The study “The price is right … or is it? The […]

Irish Farmers To Get EU €250m Cash Flow Boost

The European Commission has agreed to increase the Basic Payment Scheme to Irish farmers from 50% to 70%. The payment, amounting to €250 million and due on October 16th, follows recent adverse weather that has caused cash-flow difficulties for 139,000 farming families. Speaking at National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore this morning, Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for […]

Brexit: European Commission Publishes Guiding Principles On Ireland And Northern Ireland

The European Commission has today set out its principles for the political dialogue on Ireland and Northern Ireland in the Brexit negotiations. Today’s paper states that the Good Friday Agreement should continue to be protected and strengthened in all its parts after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. The continuation of the Common Travel Area, […]

Seamus Hoyne of LIT Thurles Campus is announced EU Green Week 2017 Ambassador – one of only three from across Europe

The Co-Ordinator of Irish Build Up Skills is acknowledged as a European Leader in creating Green Jobs and contributing to Economic, Sustainable and Socially Responsible Growth in the EU. – EU Green Week 2017 takes place from May 29 to June 2, 2017. Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Development and Public Engagement Manager and Co-Ordinator […]

Tipperary Towns Urged To Improve Collection And Treatment Of Waste Water

Waste water: Commission urges IRELAND to improve the collection and treatment of waste water The European Commission is calling on Ireland to ensure that urban waste water is adequately treated in 38 agglomerations around the country. Under EU law (Council Directive 91/271/EEC), towns and cities are required to collect and treat their urban waste water, […]

Clune asks the European Commission to strengthen the position of farmers within the food supply chain

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has submitted a Parliamentary Question to the European Commission asking them to clarify when and if they plan on developing legislative initiatives to strengthen the position of farmers within the food supply chain. She also asked Commissioner Hogan what measures are being considered to enhance the overall sustainability of the […]

The €13 billion question has been asked says Harkin

The decision by the EU Commission that Apple should repay €13bn to the Irish exchequer has profound implications for Ireland, for the EU, for foreign direct investment into the EU and, in that context, for Brexit. “Should we take the money and run or go to the Court of Justice for a final decision, those […]

Carthy: ‘We want our money back’

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has demanded the Irish government immediately act to recover the €13 billion plus interest owed to the state by Apple. Carthy said: “Following today’s ruling by the Commission, the facts are indisputable. The sweetheart deals provided to Apple by Irish Revenue in 1991 and 2007 provided an unfair selective advantage […]

‘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 […]

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