Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan accused Hogan of looking after the rich ‘rancher’ farmers

Ireland’s European commissioner-designate Phil Hogan has won the backing of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee to become the next EU a(...)

A European Parliament spokesman has said that MEPs have parliamentary immunity in the exercise of their duties  following a row between Irish commissioner-designate Phil Hogan and Independent MEP Nessa Childers over a row she circulated to parliament members of his potential appointment. Photographs: The Irish Times and Patrick Seeger/EPA.

Members of the European Parliament have parliamentary immunity in the exercise of their duties as MEPs, a spokesman for the European Parliament has sa(...)

 Phil Hogan pictured in May this year  announcing details of water charges at Government Buildings. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has said Independent MEP Nessa Childers’s claims about his suitability for the post are “absolute rubbish” (...)

Phil Hogan was nominated in July by the Government as Ireland’s next European commissioner. Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent MEP Nessa Childers has written to members of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, raising “serious reservations”(...)

Some of the election posters that remain up in Dublin this morning. Clockwise from top left, Nessa Childers, Eamon Ryan, Deirdre Kingston and Lola Hynes.  Photographs: Kitty Holland

Almost all political parties, and some Independents, still had election posters up across parts of Dublin city this morning, despite the passing of a (...)

MEP Nessa Childers says women are shouted at, intimidated and bullied in politics.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

MEP Nessa Childers said she knows from experience that women in politics are “shouted at, bullied and intimidated into submission”. The Europea(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Brian Hayes who is to contest the Dublin constituency in the European elections for Fine Gael.

Minister of State for Finance Brian Hayes has declared his candidacy to contest the Dublin seat for Fine Gael in the European election in May.At Leins(...)

Ireland East MEP Nessa Childers has said she will contest next year’s European elections as an independent rather than Labour candidate. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Labour has lost two elected representatives from its ranks today with MEP Nessa Childers completing her exit from the party and a Meath county council(...)

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, who received the backing of 80 MEPs from across Europe’s political spectrum – the written support of 40 was required to qualify. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has been confirmed as an official candidate for the position of European o(...)

Nessa Childers arriving with Liz Mc Manus to the European Parliament election count at Punchestown in June 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

MARK HILLIARD MEP Nessa Childers has said any assertion by the Labour leadership that her resignation from the party was not a tough dec(...)