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Today, Christine Bohan of TheJournal.ie, Nicola Aitken of FullFact, Per Enerud of the Europe External Action Service and Billy Kelleher MEP examined how Covid-19 brought misinformation on a huge scale to Ireland for the first time. The webinar, chaired by Sinéad O'Carroll, editor of thejournal.ie, discussed the biggest false news stories and whether such disinformation is here to stay.
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Today, in partnersip with European Movement Ireland, we held a seminar entitled 'Investing to connect Ireland and Europe'. 
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Today, in partnership with our colleagues in the European Parliament's Liaison Office in London, we held a very successful, informative and engaging webinar on Brexit and the profound impact this will have on the entire island of Ireland.
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Europe is home to some of the world's most wonderful musicians, artists and designers but despite the difficulty COVID-19 poses to the sector we must do our utmost to protect it. 
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Over 80% of Irish citizens believe the EU sould have more competencies to deal with crises such as COVID-19 and three quarters of Irish citizens are satisfied with the EU's response to the pandemic.
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The COVID-19 pandemic was a shock to us and to our economy. The European Parliament, together with other EU institutions, is working tirelessly to ensure a quick recovery and to rebuild our transport and tourism industry. In other words, our summer can still be saved.
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A team of scientists led by Professor Luke O’Neill, immunologist at Trinity College Dublin and a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced grant holder, is working to develop an antiviral drug against COVID-19. The research team is part of the European-wide Innovative Training network INITIATE, which is financed by the European Union, and is collaborating with labs in the Netherlands and Belgium.
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The Internship Scheme in European Union Institutions will go ahead again this year it has been announced by the Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Senator Seán Kyne. The scheme is focused on the provision of opportunities for graduates to acquire work placements in the special subject field of translation and proofreading.  Deadline for applications: 17 June 2020, 12 noon
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COVID-19 is yet another reminder, to us all, of how important trusted news sources are for society and for democracy. During this crisis we have seen waves of fake news being spread by dubious online channels and repeated on our WhatsApp groups as well as other social media networks. With this in mind, the European Parliament has launched an advertisement campaign targeting sources of misinformation while also supporting our reliable local newspapers. 
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Eurofound’s COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch collates information on national-level responses, aiming to map measures introduced to cushion the effects of the crisis. This database complements the launch of the ongoing e-survey ‘Living, working and COVID-19’. Join us this Thursday 28 May at 4pm where the findings of the survey and the impact of COVID-19 on work, life and well-being will be further discussed during the European Youth Event (EYE) online event.
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An Irish company is receiving EU funding to help develop a rapid diagnostic test for Covid-19 that can deliver results in less than an hour. The project, called HG nCoV19 test from Dublin-based SME Hibergene Diagnostics, will allow health workers to make a speedy, accurate diagnosis, meaning patients can be isolated and quarantined quickly. It could also identify essential workers without Covid-19 so they can avoid unnecessary quarantine and continue to deliver vital services and supplies.
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