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A north west MEP says the government need to explore the prospect of accelerating the National Broadband Plan. Chris MacManus met with representatives from NBI who indicated they were open to discussing speeding up the rollout. It’s scheduled to take a total of 7 years however, during the meeting the…

A North West MEP has strongly criticised the European Commission’s recent proposed triggering of Article 16 of the Northern Irish protocol. During a debate in the European Parliament on the EU’s vaccination strategy, President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said mistakes had been made and that she deeply…

Sinn Féin MEP, Chris MacManus, says the Western Rail Corridor should be a priority as the EU revises its transport funding programme. MEPs debated the Trans-European Transport Network this week. He says projects included in the plan receive 85 per cent of EU funding, meaning the cost for the Irish…

A north west MEP is calling on the Irish government to protect Irish fishing rights off Rockall. The area around the uninhabitable rock off the north west coast of County Donegal is being disputed following Brexit, with an Irish fishing vessel recently boarded by Scottish authorities claiming the Irish had…

A Midlands North West European Parliament member is calling for reform of a Covid business support scheme that he says is too restrictive. MEP Chris MacManus says the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme does not cover a variety of businesses such as event management, business events, artists, taxi drivers, suppliers and…

    The Midlands North West MEP Chris MacManus, is demanding the Department of Agriculture reach out to BEAM scheme participants.   The member of the European Parliament Agricultural Committee, comments came in response to widespread confusion from scheme participants, in relation to whether they are on course to meet…