I Am Hosting a Meeting in Trim, Co. Meath where Experts Will Examine Health and Cost Issues of Pylons
Monday February 10th at 7.30pm in the Knightsbrook Hotel
 
Marian addressed a North East Pylon Pressure (NEPP) meeting & focussed on the health issues involved. Pictured with Committee Members prior to the meeting were (L to R) Colin Andrew, Aimee Treacy, Chairperson, Marian and Padraic O' Reilly.
Marian addressed a North East Pylon Pressure (NEPP) meeting & focussed on the health issues involved. Pictured with Committee Members prior to the meeting were (L to R) Colin Andrew, Aimee Treacy, Chairperson, Marian and Padraic O' Reilly.

Over recent weeks and months I have received hundreds of emails, letters and telephone calls from members of the public who have huge concerns surrounding the three Eirgrid proposals that will see high voltage overhead power lines criss-cross the country from west Mayo to Kildare and indeed I have met many of those individuals and groups to discuss their concerns first hand. Following these meetings and my work on the issue I was invited to contribute to a Prime Time debate with a spokesperson for Eirgrid on November 19th where I raised the concerns felt by many of my constituents.

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We Cannot Blindly Follow Plans Drawn Up During the Bubble Economy
EU Commission Public Consultation on State Aid for Energy Sector – Implications for Wind and Pylon Projects
 
Marian facilitated windfarm campaigners to meet European Commission officials in Brussels. Pictured (L to R) Damian McCallig, Donegal Town, Adviser Glenties Wind farm Group; Ernan O'Donnell, Chairman Glenties Windfarm Group, Glenties; Marian and Peter Crossan, Adviser Glenties Windfarm Group.
Marian facilitated windfarm campaigners to meet European Commission officials in Brussels. Pictured (L to R) Damian McCallig, Donegal Town, Adviser Glenties Wind farm Group; Ernan O'Donnell, Chairman Glenties Windfarm Group, Glenties; Marian and Peter Crossan, Adviser Glenties Windfarm Group.

I am urging anyone with an interest in wind and other renewable energy developments to respond to the invitation of the European Commission to submit views on a proposal for revised state aid guidelines for the energy and environment sectors which will remain open until next Friday, the 14th of February – not much time I’m afraid.

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Harkin Report on Globalisation Fund Voted in the EU Parliament with Overwhelming Majority
My major piece of legislative work this term was my Report on the European Globalisation Fund.
 
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My Visit to The Vatican
 

As Vice Chairperson of the European Parliament’s Human Dignity Working Group I was delighted to receive an invitation to visit the Vatican and meet Pope Francis on December 7th and I wrote my monthly column for the Sligo Champion on my thoughts and feeling surrounding the experience. The article appeared in the Sligo Champion on December 21st.

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Working to Support People with Disabilities in the European Parliament
 

On December 3rd, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I spoke at a seminar organised by Independent People with Disabilities in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath who represent disabled people in the counties of Westmeath, Longford and Roscommon.

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Controversial Seed Report Continues To ‘Sow’ Dissent in Parliament Committee
European Commission Proposal Continues To Create Controversy
 
As discussed in a previous newsletter the European Commission proposal for a new law on the trading of Plant Reproductive Material (seeds) was met with considerable concern and opposition by some Irish farmers, gardeners and other hobbyists when it was published last summer. 
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Launch of Inishowen Eco Tourism Network
 

I was delighted to launch the Inishowen Eco Tourism Network in Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa on Friday 13th December last year. The Eco Tourism Network is a real opportunity to develop and maintain a sustainable indigenous tourism industry in Inishowen.

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Out and About in the Constituency!
Some highlights of recent events from around the North-West Constituency
 
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Full Width Section One
I Am Hosting a Meeting in Trim, Co. Meath where Experts Will Examine Health and Cost Issues of Pylons
Full Width Section Two
We Cannot Blindly Follow Plans Drawn Up During the Bubble Economy
Two column Section One
Harkin Report on Globalisation Fund Voted in the EU Parliament with Overwhelming Majority
My Visit to The Vatican
Two Column Section Two
Working to Support People with Disabilities in the European Parliament
Controversial Seed Report Continues To ‘Sow’ Dissent in Parliament Committee
Two Column Section Three
Launch of Inishowen Eco Tourism Network
Out and About in the Constituency!
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