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MEPs vote on the future composition of the European Parliament after Brexit in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

With European Parliament elections just over a year away, MEPs have been in pre-election mode this week in Strasbourg preparing the ground for a UK-le(...)

Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission, is before the European Parliament committee on economic and monetary affairs on Tuesday.

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has declined to rule out the possibility of an EU investigation into Ireland’s tracker mortgage scandal(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi. ECB purchases of Irish bonds plunged 45 per cent in January as the headroom began to narrow as a result of previous purchases. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has pushed back on calls to ease Ireland’s current restricted access to his €2.5 trillion quantitative ea(...)

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: has criticised the CSO, saying there is a need for “robust data on all forms of domestic violence”.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has objected to European Parliament efforts to introduce mandatory surveys to gather data on sexual and domestic v(...)

An artificial intelligence android developed in Germany. PwC’s forum “Man and Machine” on the economic impact of AI in Ireland takes place at Convention Centre Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Carsten Koall/AFP/Getty Images

Monday Indicators: German producer price index (Oct). Meetings: EU decision on the relocation of European Medicines Agency and European Banking Ag(...)

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: “These are agreed long-term contracts whose lifespan lasts well beyond Brexit.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Up to €1.3 trillion worth of financial services contracts are at risk from the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has(...)

he European Commission’s refusal to establish target timeframes for its antitrust investigations is a clear example of “double standards”, Brian Hayes MEP said on Tuesday, given its strict stance on a timeframe for the Apple state aid recovery. Photograph: CJ GUNTHER/EPA

The European Commission’s refusal to establish target timeframes for its antitrust investigations is a clear example of “double standards”, Brian Hay(...)

Mary Hickman (left) and Dean Duke of Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad with Cara Sanquist of the London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign at a recent meeting in London.  Photograph: Benoît Grogan-Avignon

Emigration today is different from how it was in the past. It is far more fluid, and people are no longer isolated from Ireland when they leave, no ma(...)

Taffic pictured in Dublin’s College Green. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Dublin needs to have a directly elected mayor and the Government needs to support Opposition proposals for one, a Fine Gael MEP has said. Brian Haye(...)

Rugby’s Webb Ellis Cup: unlikely to be handed out to the winners of the 2023 World Cup in any Irish stadium

This week’s technical group report on Ireland’s bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup was a bitter blow. On Monday, we were favourites in a three-horse rac(...)

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