Ireland can do more for Smart Job Creation in local SMEs – Prendergast

Labour MEP for Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, urged the government to redouble its efforts to support the job creation potential of small and medium companies whose business models rely on innovation and research.   Further to the publication of the European Commission’s 2014 innovation scoreboard, Ms. Prendergast said Ireland’s pool of talent and know-how can […]

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 […]

Predergast Encourages Women to Avail of FREE Smear Tests

Ireland South MEP, Phil Prendergast, is urging women aged between 25 and 60 to go for free smear tests, as European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week gets underway this week. “As a former nurse and midwife, I’m fully aware of how lifesaving these tests can be. According to the Irish Family Planning Association, 90 women lose […]

EU asked to probe pylon risks

The campaign against the proposed EirGrid plan to erect 750 high-voltage pylons across the country has reached EU level this week, after the European Commission was asked to investigate the potential health risks of overhead power lines. Labour and Fine Gael MEPs called on the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to […]

MEP Prendergast asks Commissioner Barnier to investigate Irish Water contracts

MEP for Ireland South and Member of the Internal Markets Committee, Phil Prendergast, today asked the European Commission to intervene in the scandal surrounding consulting fees at Irish Water. It was revealed today that four contracts were issued by the semi-state body without being put out to tender.   Ms. Prendergast today referred the issue […]

MEP Prendergast calls on Commission to investigate health risks of high voltage overhead power lines

MEP for Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, last night highlighted the potential health risks of high voltage overhead power lines and called on the European Commission’s Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to fully investigate the matter.   Ms. Prendergast’s comments came ahead of a planned conference in Kilkenny on the 14th of February next which […]

MEP Prendergast To Take Pylon Fight To Europe

Ireland South MEP, Phil Prendergast, is currently examining the feasibility of submitting a case to the European Parliament’s Petitions Committee regarding EirGrid’s pylon plan and she will raise the issue at the plenary session in Strasbourg next week.   Ms Prendergast said: “Next week in Strasbourg I will do all I can to speak up […]

Prendergast Backs Failte Ireland’s Concerns on Pylons Affecting Rural Landscape

Ireland South MEP, Phil Prendergast, is supporting Fáilte Ireland’s fear that EirGrid’s plan to build 750 Pylons across ten counties will damage the country’s landscape and harm tourism. Speaking from Brussels: “Ms Prendergast said it is significant that a state body like Fáilte Ireland are worried with the proposed plans and have stated that international visitors consistently rate Ireland’s […]

MEP Prendergast To Hold High-level Conference On Eirgrid Pylon Plan

MEP for Ireland South, and member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament, Phil Prendergast, today announced a high level conference on pylons entitled “Upgrading the National Grid- European Best Practice and Alternative Options”.   The conference will run from 7pm to 10pm and will be held in the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny on […]

Predergast Criticises Inadequate Public Consultation Over Eirgrid Proposals

Ireland South MEP Phil Prendergast says EirGrid has failed to alert rural communities about their plans to erect 750 high rise pylons which would link Kildare to Cork via Wexford. Tomorrow is the deadline for public submissions to EiGrid in relation to the plan. Ms Prendergast said: “ I’m pleased that Minister Pat Rabbitte has recently acknowledged that communication […]

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