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Ireland’s newest MEP has cast his first vote in the European Parliament from his kitchen table in Co. Sligo. COVID-19 travel restrictions mean that the majority of MEPs cannot attend a special plenary in Brussels to deal with the crisis. It’s led to the Parliament taking the unprecedented step of…

The European Parliament will hold a special session in Brussels today to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. MEPs are to vote on three major issues to help ease the impact the coronavirus is having on all of us. In an unprecedented move, many MEPs will vote remotely as travel restrictions…

A North West MEP who’s a longtime advocate for carers is welcoming a proposal to provide them with paid leave for the first time in Ireland. The proposal has yet to be approved by the European Parliament. MEP Marian Harkin, who is founder and chairperson of the Parliament’s Carers’ Interest…

Midlands North West MEP Mairead McGuinness says there’s a need to educate people on how to take care of horses. She was speaking in the European Parliament which this week called for tougher penalties for people who mistreat or abandon horses. MEPs are recommending measures to educate owners on how…

For every euro invested in volunteers, the return is between five and eight euro. That’s according to North West MEP Marian Harkin speaking at a civic reception hosted by Sligo County Council yesterday evening to mark Sligo’s selection as the 2017 European Capital of Volunteering. Council Director of Services Bartley…