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EU Report on Globalisation ‘Not Before Time'

Date: May 17, 2017

Category: News Article, Employment, Euro/Finance, Environment & Energy

“Globalisation currently involves extra judicial courts but no binding mechanisms to enforce environmental standards, health and safety standards and decent work conditions”. These points were emphasised by Marian when she...[more]

Ireland Will Come Under Significant Pressure on Tax

Date: October 25, 2016

Category: News Article, Euro/Finance

The European Commission’s proposal on CCCTB (Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base) has real potential to reduce the amount of corporation tax that Ireland collects. This was stated by Marian during a debate in the European...[more]

MEP Urges Shorter Route to Obtain Apple Decision

Date: September 1, 2016

Category: News Article, Euro/Finance, Employment

A less costly and quicker way to establish whether state aid regulations have been breached in the Apple issue would be to seek clarification from the European Court of Justice rather than instigating a challenge.[more]

The €13 billion Question Has Been Asked

Date: August 30, 2016

Category: News Article, Employment, Euro/Finance

The decision by the EU Commission that Apple should repay €13bn to the Irish exchequer has profound implications for Ireland, for the EU, for foreign direct investment into the EU and, in that context, for Brexit.[more]

European Parliament PEACE Fund Vote Welcomed

Date: July 6, 2016

Category: News Article, Euro/Finance

The decision of the UK to leave the European Union raised many serious issues surrounding the future relationship between Northern Ireland and the Republic.[more]

UK Access to EU Single Market Could Pose Problems

Date: July 4, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture, Euro/Finance

Negotiations on Brexit could be a double edged sword for Ireland with a need not only to protect our exports but also to strongly defend all sectors of our economy in any post Brexit scenario”. [more]

Brexit - Ireland Must Get Special Treatment

Date: June 24, 2016

Category: News Article, Euro/Finance

The Leave vote in the UK referendum poses a significant challenge to the Irish government and to the European Project.[more]

Harkin calls for further cuts to Standard Variable Rates in Ireland

Date: May 9, 2016

Category: News Article, Euro/Finance

The announcement today by AIB to reduce its Standard Variable Rate (SVR) mortgages for owner occupier and buy-to-let customers by 0.25 per cent was welcomed by MEP Marian Harkin but she noted that much more significant reductions...[more]

Central Bank accused of Favouring Banks

Date: January 28, 2016

Category: News Article, Euro/Finance

The unwillingness of the Central Bank to interfere between the banks and borrowers was in stark contrast to its policy of dictat to credit unions on similar issues.[more]

Government Policy on Credit Unions Anti-Competition

Date: January 19, 2016

Category: News Article, Euro/Finance

Restrictions on the activities of Credit Unions and barriers erected by the Central Bank to prevent competition with the banks were described in the European Parliament as anti-competitive and in contravention of EU Competition...[more]

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