Archive for December, 2010

EU crackdown on human trafficking

Anyone caught smuggling people into Ireland or other European countries will soon face stiffer penalties and more jail time, under a new EU law approved this week. (more…)

December 17, 2010 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

Cúpla focail could translate into jobs

The Lisbon Treaty has significantly boosted career opportunities for Gaeilgeoirs in Brussels, a Munster MEP confirmed this week. (more…)

December 17, 2010 at 11:45 pm Leave a comment

All we want for Christmas is non-toxic toys

MEPs in Strasbourg have called for stricter toy safety standards in light of a recent EU investigation into harmful substances contained in a range of toys and cosmetics.  The EU’s Scientific Committee found fault with the method used to detect hazardous chemicals in toys, claiming it was ‘not reliable’. (more…)

December 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm Leave a comment

MEPs defeat bid to raise corporate tax

The European Parliament has voted by a small majority not to support a common corporate tax rate for all member states. (more…)

December 17, 2010 at 11:41 pm Leave a comment

9,000 Irish signatures needed for EU Citizens’ Initiative

The Citizen’s Initiative, a provision of the Lisbon Treaty which allows one million Europeans to propose new legislation, will come into effect in the first few months of 2010. (more…)

December 17, 2010 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment

New Irish boarfish industry depends on net size

Irish fishermen have given a broad welcome to 2011 fishing quotas agreed in Brussels last week, particularly the decision to grant Ireland two-thirds of the overall quota of boarfish. (more…)

December 17, 2010 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Leading US companies stay loyal to Ireland

Four multinational technology firms have promised that they will remain loyal to their Irish operations despite the country’s dire financial straits and rock-bottom economy. (more…)

December 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm Leave a comment

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