Grounded – An occasional column by Grace O’Sullivan – mother, environment & peace activist, ecologist, MEP

Grounded – An occasional column by Grace O’Sullivan – mother, environment & peace activist, ecologist, MEP Grace O’Sullivan, a mother of three from Tramore, Co.Waterford, has led a rich and varied life. From the age of 21, she spent 20 years working with Greenpeace and was a crew member of the Rainbow Warrior when it was […]

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 […]

Tipperary’s John Lonergan, author of The Governor is voting for Diarmuid O’Flynn. Here’s why.

“Diarmuid’s stance and campaign over the past number of years represents the views and feelings of thousands and thousands of ordinary Irish people, many of whom are voiceless.  Diarmuid represents the principles and values of decency, honesty and truthfulness, the principles and values that must form the hub of our democracy into the future. He’s […]

Seamus Healy TD Endorses Diarmuid O’Flynn (Ballyhea Says NO) for Election to European Parliament

Seamus Healy TD Represents the Constituency of South Tipperary in the Dáil His political party, Workers and Unemployed Action, has candidates standing for election to the new Tipperary County Council Seamus Healy TD: “I have been supporting the Ballyhea Says NO campaign for some time and WUA members have participated in marches in Clonmel against […]

MEP Prendergast rules out independent candidacy for European Parliament

Labour MEP for Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, today sought to dispel reports that she would run as an Independent candidate for the forthcoming European elections should she fail to receive the backing of her party at its selection convention next month.   Ms. Prendergast is currently a Labour MEP for Ireland South and a member […]

MEP Prendergast calls for investigation into hacking of European Parliament internal servers

MEP for Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, today called on the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz to instigate an investigation into the successful hacking of the European Parliament’s internal servers, which was disclosed officially yesterday, including some email accounts, by an outside, “man-in-the-middle” attacker.   A “man-in-the-middle” attack is defined as a form of […]

Time is money, we must move on banking union – Prendergast

Labour MEP for Munster, Phil Prendergast, expressed her support for a European supervisory mechanism for all banks and urged the Commission and Member States to move swiftly on single banking resolution and deposit guarantee schemes.   Speaking this afternoon at a European Parliament debate, in Strasbourg, on the eve of Parliament’s decision on prudential supervision reform, Ms. Prendergast said:   “The systemic, cross-national […]

MEP calls for open Freedom of Information process on IBRC liquidation

Following reports that the ECB has gagged the government from releasing information on the liquidation of the Irish Banking Resolution Corporation, Phil Prendergast MEP has voiced her criticism of the plan.   “The legislation regarding the liquidation of the IBRC was passed late at night with minimal information relayed to the public. The debate for […]

MEP Prendergast welcomes EU proposal to tackle multinational tax avoidance

Labour MEP for Munster, Phil Prendergast, has welcomed news that the European Commission plans to introduce more stringent legislation to tackle multinational’s who seek to avoid tax.   The legislation, to be proposed by the EU’s Commissioner for Taxation Algirdas Semata in December, will include improvements to the current situation such as:   A stricter definition of “tax haven” will be adopted instead of […]

Prendergast Urges Communities To Help Diaspora Reconnect With Their Roots

Labour MEP for Ireland South Phil Prendergast has welcomed the creation of the Ireland Reaching Out initiative and has called on communities around the country to seize the chance to help the Irish diaspora reconnect with its roots. Ireland Reaching Out is a volunteer-run, non-profit programme which helps ex-pats reconnect with their parishes and vice […]

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