2013: A busy year for disability rights
 
In Brussels with Valerie Moran, Longford Centre for Independent Living.
In Brussels with Valerie Moran, Longford Centre for Independent Living.
I was proud and delighted to recently be nominated as Vice-President of the European Parliament's Disability Intergroup. The challenges faced by citizens with a disability in this time of austerity are grave, and increasing weekly, and I believe MEPs working together can make a real difference.
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Fracking remains high on policy agenda in Ireland and Brussels
 
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With "Fracking" filmmaker Catherine Boyle.
The issue of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for shale gas has created a great deal of interest - and concern - in a number of counties.
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LEADER must remain Community-led
 
Claremorris meeting to discuss the future of LEADER.
Claremorris meeting to discuss the future of LEADER.
I have been working closely with a number of LEADER groups in an attempt to roll back the disastrous proposals coming from the government.
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The vital work of Carers must be supported at Irish and EU level
 
The European Parliament Carers Interest Group, which I co-founded in 2007, meets regularly to ensure that Irish and EU policy takes into consideration the issues faced by Carers.
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EU pesticides ban good for our bees, and Irish economy
 
With Philip McCabe, Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations.
With Philip McCabe, Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations.
I welcomed the recent EU Commission decision to protect European bees by banning certain pesticides. However, I was less impressed with the Irish Government's decision to abstain from supporting the ban.
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Creation of National Poultry Organisation a welcome step
The formation of a High Level Group for Ireland’s poultry industry is marvellous news.
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Commission to investigate "burning" of Irish Credit Union savings
I recently wrote to EU Commissioner Michel Barnier requesting that he investigate the legality of the Irish Government decision to "burn" credit union bondholders in IBRC.
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2013: A busy year for disability rights
Fracking remains high on policy agenda in Ireland and Brussels
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LEADER must remain Community-led
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The vital work of Carers must be supported at Irish and EU level
EU pesticides ban good for our bees, and Irish economy
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Creation of National Poultry Organisation a welcome step
Commission to investigate "burning" of Irish Credit Union savings
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