Brian Crowley: has been confined to Cork University Hospital due to ill health

The news this week that Ireland has the worst voting record in the European Union in terms of participation at the plenary session of the European Par(...)

Israeli soldiers prepare to remove an armed Jewish settler as he tries to stop Palestinian farmers (unseen) from ploughing their fields near the West Bank village of Jaloud, near Nablus. Photograph: EPA/Alaa Badarneh

The European Parliament voted to recognise the statehood of Palestine “in principle” yesterday, despite the reservations of a large bloc of European (...)

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan meeting water protesters in Dublin this month. Neither Mr Flanagan nor Brian Crowley attended this week’s session of the parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Collins Photos

Irish MEPs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Brian Crowley could face a 50 per cent cut in expenses for low attendance at the European Parliament plenary sess(...)

The European Parliament agreed to recognise Palestinian statehood ‘in principle’, in a compromise that did not back immediate recognition of a Palestinian state. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The European Parliament adopted a resolution supporting Palestinian statehood in principle, in a compromise motion that did not follow some European n(...)

Mario Draghi has written to the inquiry to say the ECB will not participate. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Full text of letter from ECB president Mario Draghi to Ciaran Lynch, chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis:Frankfurt, 15 Decemb(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney said the cuts in the white fish quotas were ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Environmental groups have criticised Minister for Marine Simon Coveney for his opposition to many cuts proposed by the European Commission as part of (...)

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(...)

Workers and members of trade unions block a road outside the entrance to an Audi plant in Brussels on December 8th. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Belgium is expected to come to a standstill on Monday as the country holds its third strike in two weeks amid increasing public anger about fresh a(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney says he is facing the ‘most difficult’ EU fish quota council yet

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney says he is facing the “most difficult” EU fish quota council yet, with cuts of 64 per cent proposed in key whit(...)

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(...)