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The privatisation of Local Employment Services will lead to people being pushed into short-term jobs, which they are unsuitable for, so a profit can be made. That’s the fear of Midlands/North West MEP, Chris MacManus, in response to government proposals to put employment services to tender. The planned Regional Employment…

Excessive environmental demands could threaten Irish family farms that’s the warning from a Midlands North West MEP.   The EU is in the middle of reforming the Common Agricultural Policy which sets the rules in exchange for subsidies. At the same time, the EU has set a target of cutting…

A north west MEP says there’s a need for Northern Ireland to have a stronger voice in Europe.   Chris Macmanus was speaking after MEPs overwhelmingly backed ratifying the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and also overwhelmingly backing a resolution setting out current Brexit concerns.   Chris MacManus says what…

The continual downgrade of rural Ireland needs to tackled, immediately. That’s according to a Midlands North West MEP.   Sinn Fein MEP, Chris MacManus, referenced a recent CSO publication that showed a noticeable difference in disposable income between east and west.   The north west region has also been downgraded…

A Midlands North West MEP has called for moneylenders to be banned from using social media as a means of deciding on the credit worthiness of applicants.   Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus has made the calls after a major European report singled out a specific Irish moneylender for using…

Negotiations on finalising a Brexit trade deal have been completed, with European European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen describing the agreement as fair, balanced and right.   British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the deal agreed with Brussels will enable the UK to “take back control” as promised in…

The Programme for Government has been described as ‘a disappointing document’ that does not represent the change and lacks proposals for the northwest and especially Sligo Town which had previously been designated as a Regional Growth Centre in the national Development Plan.   That’s according to Sligo MEP Chris MacManus…