European Commission buildings in Brussels
The decision of EU Trade Commissioner de Gucht to travel to Brazil and Argentina for trade talks raises a red flag for Ireland with the implicitly threat of concessions on imports of South American beef to Europe.
This was stated by Marian Harkin MEP today Monday, September 13th when she cautioned that the statement issued by Commissioner de Gucht announcing his plans contained language which could suggest a sell out deal on agricultural products.
An EU poll out today shows Ireland top for numbers of people giving money from their own pockets to aid organisations helping developing countries. Sixty-one percent of Irish people say they do so, followed by Sweden at 58%.
Just ahead of next week’s UN meeting on the Millenium Development Goals, today’s results from the Eurobarometer service also show that 95% Irish people think it is important to help people in developing countries. Other countries where support is high include Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the UK. Read more
As part of its ongoing public awareness campaign on alcohol and legal or illegal highs; the HSE is encouraging parents of students receiving their Junior Certificate results on 15th September to discuss the dangers of underage drinking or legal or illegal drug use with them.
Parents are the most important influence on their children and what parents say and do will have a major effect on young people’s relationship with alcohol. Read more
Shane Filan from Westlife signing up for Sligo Rovers 11-A-Side Astro Turf League. Shane is pictured alongside Sligo Rovers Manager Paul Cook and Sligo Rovers Club Promotions Officer Keith O’Dwyer.
The bit o’red have always been well supported by Shane and the lads in Westlife and no doubt this particular league will see the supporters come out to see both Shane and support Rovers, who are now third in the premier league.
Keep supporting your home team and remember that there is first class soccer action every week at home as well as the television on the Saturday. To check out Rovers, Con Murphy and MNS on RTE2 is the port of call!