The System Of Voting In Ireland

The system of voting in use in the Republic of Ireland is the system of Proportional Representation (PR) in multi-seated constituencies by means of the Single Transferable Vote [STY] and is by secret ballot. This system enables the voter to indicate his/her first and subsequent choices for the candidates on the Ballot paper. Notice of Polling Day You […]

Talk To Us Europe

Europe plays an ever increasing role in how its member states conduct their business. Many countries have expressed concern at the lack of interaction with their home parliament. The former Austrian Europe Minister is quoted as saying that national parliaments had a crucial role to play in the development of the EU. There is a […]

Your Vote Will Shape Europe

When Election Day in May arrives you will have the opportunity to vote in both Local Authority and European elections. In Dublin, the European electorate will elect three MEPs. Every person who is an EU citizen is entitled to vote, either in their home country or in the country in which they reside. They need […]

Can Ireland Hold Europe Together?

Following the forthcoming European Elections next May, there will be three big jobs to be filled in the EU. The European Parties have agreed in accord with the provision of the Lisbon Treaty that they will each present a lead candidate to the European electorate. That based on the result the Council of Ministers (All […]

About Me

I was honoured to represent the Balbriggan Electoral Area from 1983 until my retirement in 2004. During that time I enjoyed your support and confidence as I represented you and our community on the County Council and its related bodies. When I left the Council, its focus was on service delivery and value for money. […]

Europe Will Change

There is a concern running through the EU establishment elite as to the growing level of hostility to the EU. In France, Marine le Pen the Leader of the Front National Party is expected to be the leader of the largest block of French MEPs after the election. She has already made alliances with the […]

European War Games Planned For London

Open Europe, a UK “Think Tank”, based in London is staging what they describe as the First Ever Simulation of Negotiations that could shape the UK’s future in the EU. The UK’s Prime Minister’s position is that he wishes to renegotiate the terms of membership of the EU or at least have Europe change some […]

Will New German Government Have Impact On EU?

After protracted negotiations, the shape of the new German Government was unveiled during the course of last week. The division of Government ministries will see Mrs Merkel’s CDU with six seats, her sister party the CSU three seats and their new partners the SDP will have five seats. Mrs Merkel was deemed to have won […]

Can The Greens Get It Together Online?

The 46 Green Parties from across the EU are staging a Pan-European election. They are in the process of selecting their “front” runners, who will represent them across Europe during the elections to the EU parliament next May. The election, described as innovative e-democracy invites all “Green minded people” to register online. On registration, the […]