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Pope’s visit shows long journey achieved in Northern Ireland – Ni riada

The visit of Pope Francis to the European Parliament yesterday shows how far the peace process has progressed in Northern Ireland. That’s the view of the Sinn Fein MEP Liadh ni Riada. She was referring to the last visit of a Pope to the European Parliament. Back in 1988 Pope John Paul the second addressed […]


Greenway/Walkway projects need national plans for EU funds – McGuinness

The development of nationwide cycle and walking pathways need national coordination efforts in order to best qualify for EU funds. That’s the advice from the Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness. Ms McGuinness was speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg where today the EU Commission President outlined details of a three hundred billion euro (€300billion) […]


Coordinated efforts needed to build nationwide cycleways – McGuinness

The potential to use EU funds to build a nationwide infrastructure of cycle and walk ways is possible provided Ireland applies nationwide strategic plans. So says the Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness who was speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Her comments come as the EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this morning presents a […]


Pope painted ‘accurate picture of Europe’ – Harkin

MEPs in Strasbourg have been reacting to the address made by Pope Francis in the European Parliament this morning. During his speech His Holiness emphasised the need to protect human dignity and democracy.  Immigration, the environment, and promoting human rights were among other topics he stressed in his speech. The Independent MEP Marian Harkin said his address […]


Pope didn’t pull ‘any punches’ on state of Europe – Harkin

Loneliness and immigration were some of the key topics addressed by the Pope during his address to the European Parliament earlier today. His Holiness received a sustained standing ovation from MEPs after his compelling address which was punctuated by pleas for greater human dignity and human rights. The Pontiff followed his address to the Parliament […]