Posts in Europe
Catalonia

Whether or not you believe Catalonia – or Scotland, or the Six Counties, or Roscommon for that matter – should be allowed have a referendum on its own independence isn’t the issue. The issue is the growing crackdown on dissenting voices, the increasing officially-sanctioned violence, justified in the Catalonia situation by Commissioner Timmermans in his speech.

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VIDEO: The European Parliament - Where Character Doesn’t Matter

I'm sure ye’ve heard of Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary, a man who makes Donald Trump seem like the very voice of reason. In case you haven’t, and for a little flavour, here is a recent utterance on immigration (after Hungary, with a population of 10m, was asked to accept 1,600 migrants): “Every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk… For us migration is not a solution but a problem, not medicine but a poison; we don’t need it and won’t swallow it”.

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Videos, EuropePaul Cotter
The Treaty of Rome

The Treaty of Rome was signed on March 25th 1957. To mark the 60th anniversary, this Saturday the leaders of what is now the EU will go back to Rome, where they will issue a Proclamation declaring where they believe we should all be headed.

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VIDEO: Sean Kelly - Fishing

So after 8 years as an MEP Sean Kelly has finally decided to take up the issue of Irelands totally inadequate access to fishing in our own territorial waters. One would see more commitment from a sloth. How can we elect one so meek! Please share. Let the people of Munster and Ireland see what they've elected.

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Videos, EuropePaul Cotter
LULUCF

On February 7th I’m holding an event in Brussels to try to get a better understanding of Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry, LULUCF.  This is the title given by the European Commission to a new Regulation now making its way through the parliament.

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Staff Costs

The electoral area that I represent covers 15 counties and close on one million constituents. I attempt to monitor 23 committees but four in particular – Environment, Agriculture & Rural Development, Fisheries and Econ (Economics & Monetary Affairs).

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EuropePaul Cotter
TTIP Vote

Even if people have plucked it and dressed it in new feathers, if it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's still most likely a bloody duck.

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EuropePaul Cotter
Enda Kenny's Statement on Greece

As an elected representative of the Irish people to the European Parliament I would like to distance myself from the remarks last week of An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, in relation to how the new government of Greece should progress in its debt negotiations with the EU.

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EuropePaul Cotter