BRIEFING KEY BREXIT NEGOTIATOR
 

Earlier in October, I met with former Belgian Prime Minister and lead negotiator for the European Parliament on Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt, to discuss matters relating to the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland in the context of a British withdrawal from the EU.

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90 DAY ROAMING LIMIT REMOVED THANKS TO THE PUBLIC
 
I warmly welcomed the decision in September of the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker, to immediately withdraw the draft rules on a 90 day roaming limit.
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THE BIG APPLE
 

The controversy continues in regard to the €13 billion fine imposed on Apple by the European Commission.

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TRADE DEALS - CONTROVERSY WILL CONTINUE
 
The recent debacle over the EU - Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has once again put trade deals front and centre of the political agenda in Brussels.
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FATTY ACIDS
 

I strongly welcomed a resolution that was passed in Strasbourg last month concerning EU legislation to regulate the content of industrially produced Trans Fats in foodstuffs.

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NADIA AND LAMIYA WIN EU PEACE PRIZE
 
Following on from the last update on Nadia Murad and her continuing fight against ISIS and for justice for the Yazidi community in Iraq I am delighted to say that she continues to make great progress for her cause.

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BEEF BACK ON THE MENU FOR MERCOSUR
 

Despite the fact that EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, said in May that beef was “off the menu” in Mercosur trade talks and notwithstanding the removal of Tariff Rate Quotas from the exchange of offers, the EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, has told me that this is not the case.

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WORLD TEACHERS DAY - TEACHERS MUST BE RESPECTED THROUGH PAY AND CONDITIONS
 

October 5th was World Teachers Day and this year’s theme was “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status”. Teachers constitute an invaluable service to society in Ireland; however, it is regrettable that 50% of all young teachers are employed on temporary or part-time basis in Ireland.

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TILLAGE FARMERS NEED HELP
 

In September, I met with grain farmers in Mayo/North Galway to examine crops yet to be harvested due to the poor weather conditions. This is severely impacting on the livelihoods of tillage farmers who are suffering great hardship in the parts of the country as a result of difficult harvesting conditions. I believe that these farmers fully deserve to have an exceptional aid package specifically geared to offsetting their losses.

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CARERS VISIT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
 

I was once again delighted to welcome a group of carers from across my constituency to participate in a conference in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday October 19th, which dealt with the EU initiative on work-life balance.

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POLICY MAKER AWARD
 

I was so pleased in Clontarf castle last month when I was presented with a Policy Maker Award by the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) for my work in advocating for people with neurological disorders.

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WELL DONE TO LOVE LEITRIM
 

I want to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Love Leitrim for its consistent, well researched and community driven campaign to ban fracking in Ireland, which has culminated in helping the successful passing of a bill calling for the banning of fracking in Ireland, and which received cross party support in the Dáil.

The Bill will now move forward to the committee debate stage.

I was also happy to meet Eddie Mitchell and Michael Gallagher in Carrick on Shannon two weeks ago to discuss the possible impact of CETA on fracking - the work never ends!

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CROSS BORDER HEALTHCARE
 

I was pleased recently to be name checked on an RTE programme in regard to my highlighting of the availability of cross border treatment for people who have to wait for lengthy periods to access operations.

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OUT AND ABOUT IN THE CONSTITUENCY
 
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In this issue
The EU In The World
BRIEFING KEY BREXIT NEGOTIATOR
90 DAY ROAMING LIMIT REMOVED THANKS TO THE PUBLIC
THE BIG APPLE
The EU At Home
TRADE DEALS - CONTROVERSY WILL CONTINUE
FATTY ACIDS
NADIA AND LAMIYA WIN EU PEACE PRIZE
Issues I Continue To Work On
BEEF BACK ON THE MENU FOR MERCOSUR
WORLD TEACHERS DAY - TEACHERS MUST BE RESPECTED THROUGH PAY AND CONDITIONS
Ongoing Issues
TILLAGE FARMERS NEED HELP
CARERS VISIT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
Update Corner!
POLICY MAKER AWARD
WELL DONE TO LOVE LEITRIM
CROSS BORDER HEALTHCARE
OUT AND ABOUT IN THE CONSTITUENCY
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