Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has urged all Irish MEPs to vote for a new counterterrorism law at a key vote in the European Parliament(...)

Independent MEP Nessa Childers says the  new Passenger Name Records  directive is “a bad deal for both the liberty and the security of European citizens”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A number of Irish MEPs are set to vote against new EU legislation that will require airlines to share passenger data with national authorities, despit(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Green Party was devastated in 2011, losing all six seats in the Dáil. To compound its difficulties, its national support level fell below the cri(...)

All four Fine Gael MEPs voted against the committee proposal. Photograph: Reuters

The European Parliament has agreed to set up a successor committee to the Special Committee on Tax Rulings established in the wake of the Luxem(...)

Spanish bullfighter Rafaelillo is tossed by a bull  at La Misericordia bullring in Zaragoza, Spain. Photograph: EPA/Javier Cebollada

Three Fine Gael MEPs voted against European Parliament legislation that could cripple Spanish bullfighting, saying a ban on the sport is a matter f(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left) embraces Catalan centre-right politician Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, as Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy stands by, at the European Peoples Party congress in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Think Fine Gael Ardfheis , European-style. This week close to 3,000 delegates are descending on Madrid for the European People’s Party congress, a mee(...)

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly found the EU’s executive body’s approach to publicising meetings with tobacco lobbyists  was “inadequate, unreliable and unsatisfactory”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Commission has rejected a ruling by EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly which found that the Commission breached UN transparency rules in its mee(...)

MEPs want to see labels on drinks setting out their calorific content in addition to their alcohol content. Alcoholic drinks that contain more than 1.2 per cent alcohol by volume are exempt from EU regulations on nutritional labelling that came into force in 2011 covering all food and soft drinks. Photograph: PA

MEPs have called on the European Commission to introduce mandatory labelling of calories for alcoholic drinks by 2016 as part of a broader EU strategy(...)

Luke Ming Flanagan said that ultimately his family comes first. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy has said that MEPs should attend the European Parliament at all times “in so far as they possibly can,” as h(...)

European Parliament: our MEPs face a conundrum that lies at the heart of the system – the less visible one is at home, the less likely one is to be re-elected

Six months on from the European elections, figures from VoteWatch Europe present an interesting snapshot into the activities of Ireland’s 11 MEPs. Ire(...)