In-flight smartphone and tablet use made easier in the EU

Labour MEP for Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, welcomed today’s EU decision to allow electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets or e-readers to be used throughout the entire duration of flights, in ‘flight mode’.   Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms. Prendergast, a member of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, said:   “This is […]

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 […]

Labour in Europe Calls for Suspension of EU-US Bank Data Transfers

Speaking in reaction to today’s European Parliament vote to demand the suspension of the EU-US bank data transfer agreement, Labour MEP for Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, a member of Parliament’s Delegation for relations with the United States, said:   “We cannot keep allowing details of EU citizens’ bank transfers to flow to the US authorities without a serious […]

Fine Gael links to tobacco industry “unsettling in the extreme” says Prendergast

Labour MEP for Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, a former nurse and midwife, today expressed her discomfort at yet more revelations of Fine Gael links to the tobacco lobby.    Speaking about the issue, Ms. Prendergast said “I find the idea of former staff members of a political party engaging so actively with an industry intent […]

Prendergast MEP welcomes Tipperary Food Producers to Brussels

Phil Prendergast MEP has expressed her delight at welcoming the Tipperary Food Producers to Brussels today, following last night’s website launch, attended by Minister for State in the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes TD.   “It was wonderful to celebrate this major development, and the website looks fantastic. I was delighted to welcome the group […]

MEP Prendergast calls for suspension of Ireland’s diplomatic relations with Nigeria if Same Sex Marriage Bill signed into law

Labour MEP for Ireland South, and Member of the European Parliament’s LGBT Intergroup, Phil Prendergast, has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore to suspend diplomatic relations with Nigeria if the Same Sex Marriage Bill, which was adopted by Nigeria’s Parliament on Thursday (30 May 2013), is signed into law by President Goodluck Johnson.   Speaking about the […]

March Against Monsanto welcomed by Prendergast

Phil Prendergast MEP has welcomed the large international turnout for the March Against Monsanto, which sought to draw attention to the harmful effects of genetically modified (GM) food. The protests across more than 300 cities worldwide, including Cork and Dublin, served as a warning that the use of GM food has been growing in recent […]

Garment Industry Must Shed Exploitative Clothing

Labour MEP for Munster, Phil Prendergast, urged the EU Commissioner for Trade to ensure the proper enforcement of health and safety standards as a condition for access to EU consumer markets.   Speaking at today’s plenary debate with the Commissioner, in Strasbourg, further to the textile factory collapse in Bangladesh, Ms. Prendergast said:   “As Bangladesh’s largest trading partner, […]

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 […]

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