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This week, the European Parliament has announced the award of €505,683 in grants to civil society and media organisations in Ireland. The grants are awarded to projects that will underpin civic engagement and European parliamentary democracy. They aim to help people understand how decisions taken by the European Parliament impact on the lives of citizens in Ireland and how active citizenship, good journalism and a strong civil society are vital to the health of a democracy.
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The European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland, European Movement Ireland and the German Embassy in Ireland, this morning held an online discussion this morning entitled Investing in a Green Future – Ireland’s transition to a Green Economy.
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Colm Markey, who previously served as Chairperson of Louth County Council, will be replacing former Vice-President Mairead McGuinness as MEP for Ireland's Midland-North-West constituency.
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58% of Irish residents believe the health benefits of COVID-19 measures outweigh the economic damage. This is the third highest figure in the European Union after Malta and Romania.
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The annual Europe Direct Soapbox competition is a public speaking competition that is taking place throughout the month of November, and raises awareness of issues at heart of the EU. Regional winners will receive an iPad mini and then go on to compete in the national final, with a grand prize of €1,000 for the winners of each category. Contact your local Europe Direct Information Centre for all the details!
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On Friday 23 October we, along with the European Parliament's office in Sweden and Eurofound, organised a thought provoking webinar entitled ' Being young in the COVID-19 pandemic'.
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The European Parliament Liaison Office in Dublin is seeking applications for this year’s Sakharov Student Journalism prize. The competition is open to students registered in a recognised 3rd-level institution in Ireland.  Deadline for applications:  27 November 2020.  The Sakharov Prize is awarded every year by the European Parliament to honour exceptional individuals and organisations that have defended human rights and fundamental freedoms.
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The European Parliament has elected Mairead McGuinness as Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets. The former Vice-President of the EP was given a strong mandate with 583 votes out of a total ballot of 695 going in her favour. 
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Today, along with the National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI), the European Parliament hosted a webinar entitled 'Women in politics online abuse'.
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The European Parliament has set the date for the committee hearings for Mairead McGuinness on 2 October with a confirmatory vote set for 7 October in the EP plenary.
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The European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland, European Movement Ireland and the European Commission Representation in Ireland held a webinar this morning, 10 September, ahead of the upcoming State of the European Union address by President Von der Leyern in the European Parliament in Brussels on 16 September 2020.
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