Good Times On The Way

In the run into the European Election there seems to be a wave of good news across most member states and it will be interesting to see how this impacts on the electoral returns. Holding the Presidency must be good for the economy as we note that many of the statements issued by the Greek […]

Election Heats Up

The two main political groupings, whose candidates are eyeing up the role of President of the EU Commission, engaged in an election battle across Europe. Both have given their views on what makes them the best candidate for the job. The Lisbon Treaty suggests that the candidate from the party grouping which has the greatest […]

EU Tested On World Stage

Has the European Union over played its hand? It seems that when soft encouragement was given to those in Ukraine, who favoured closer ties with the EU, no end game was considered. The Ukraine government fell and was replaced without elections. Russia reacted and so Ukraine is divided. It was clear from the start of […]

EU Contenders Must Engage

What impact will the EU Lead Candidates have during the May Elections? The idea that vitality and energy would be introduced to the campaign by the European Groupings fielding a single candidate to front their campaigns, may not quite work out in practice. There are five main groups putting forward their chosen candidate to front […]

Can Juncker Deliver?

I was pleased to meet Lucinda Creighton TD when I attended the European People’s Party (EPP) congress, which was held in Dublin last week. The purpose of the congress was to select that party’s nominee for the position of President of the EU Commission. Lucinda was there in her capacity as a Vice President of […]

Is The EU Ready To Be A World Player?

This week, the EPP Election Congress will be held in the Conference Centre here in Dublin. Here they will select their front runner for the position of Commission President. The leading contenders are former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, French EU Commissioner, Michel Barnier and former Latvian Premier, Valdis Dombrovskis. The winner of this […]

Concerns Over Future Of Local Post Offices

Post Offices across the North County, are now concerned about their long term future, due to a question mark over their continued business relationship with the Department of Social Protection, over the future payments of Social Welfare allowances. The plan is that these payments will no longer be made at post offices, but will be […]

Signage Urgently Needed For Corduff

Arguably, the best kept secret in the North County is Corduff, which is situated on the R132, old Swords to Balbriggan road. The reason for this secrecy, is the fact that there is no signage for Corduff on any of the approach roads, from any direction. Whilst this secrecy may be appealing to some, the […]

Want To Be An EU Film Star?

The European Movement have introduced a 32 county initiative to engage with young people and encourage their participation in promoting the value of Europe to their generation. The initiative seeks people under twenty five from across the 32 counties to come together to create a high quality video which they hope will go viral. So […]

Internet Used to Pick Green’s First Team

The Greens decided to select two main candidates to front their European Election campaign. In an attempt to get engagement with the electorate, the Green Party conducted their selection process for these lead candidates by using the internet. Not only innovative, but they also opened the voting up not just to all their members, but […]