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Seat distribution estimates based on the results of the May 2019 European Elections and current political affiliations of the parties to which the new MEPs belong.
Due to the UK’s departure of the EU, Barry Andrews (Fianna Fáil/ Renew Europe) and Deirdre Clune (Fine Gael/ EPP) will take their seats in the European Parliament on 1 February.  Barry Andrews and Deirdre Clune were elected, in last May’s European elections, in the Dublin and Ireland South constituencies respectively.
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Following on from the process of creating an in-house security service already undertaken in Brussels and Strasbourg, the European Parliament is now preparing to recruit security staff for its Luxembourg premises. As part of this exercise, the European Parliament aims to employ a considerable number of experienced staff in the area of security in Luxembourg.
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The European Parliament today approved the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union at its plenary session in Brussels, paving the way for the UK to officially leave the EU on 31 January 2020.
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The Panel.
Today we hosted an event entitled ‘European Investment Bank funding in the new decade’, focussing on loans available from the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Ireland for major projects tackling the climate crisis, enhancing skills and innovation, promoting small business and developing infrastructure.
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Former EP President Poettering.
The European Parliament supported the DCU Brexit institute in hosting an event entitled ‘Brexit and the New EU Institutional Cycle’, on 12th December 2019. Gráinne Ní Aodha (thejournal.ie) chaired a panel including James Temple Smithson (Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland), Dr. Veronica Corcodel (DCU), Amb. Michele Valensise (President of the German – Italian Centre for European Excellence at Villa Vigoni and Former Secretary General of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Prof. Joachim Fischer (University of Limerick).
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Ombudsman O'Reilly and President Sassoli.
Emily O'Reilly has been re-elected as EU Ombudsman, securing 320 votes in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Irishwoman,preceded by Paraskevas Nikiforos Diamandouros and Jacob Söderman, first took office in 2013 becoming the first female European Ombudsman.
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The newly released Eurobarometer shows that Irish people are demanding more action from the European Parliament on key policy issues such as higher education and economic growth while also emphsising values the Parliament should promote such as the protection of human rights worldwide.
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The European Parliament's prestigious Lux Film Prize has been celebrating creative directors and films annually since 2007.  For 12 years the films have been shown simultaneously across the continent from Nicosia to Cork. In Ireland the 2019 finalists were shown during the Cork Film Festival and in the Light House Cinema in Dublin.
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Newly released Eurobarometer figures show that citizens are demanding climate action on a European level and that Irish citizens in particular feel that youth activism, highlighting climate change, is impacting policy on a European and national level.
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The Youth Outreach Unit of the European Parliament is seeking to contract on a temporary basis two Editors in-Chief to assist the EYE Team in the production of the EYE2020 report (One Editor-in-Chief for reporting and one Editor-in-Chief for multimedia content).
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The European Parliament will be partnering with the Cork Film Festival again this year for the free screening of the three short-listed films for the LUX Film Prize.
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