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These are extraordinary times for citizens and countries alike. It is important we work together.
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Over 100 Irish citizens as well as citizens from thirteen other EU member states have been repatriated, by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, after being stranded in Peru due to COVID-19. The Irish government can avail of EU financial support in a true display of solidarity among the EU, citizens and member states alike. 
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Today, Frances Fitzgerald MEP, in collaboration with the European Parliament's Office in Ireland, organised and chaired an event entitled 'EU Trade Amidst Global Uncertainty' in the RIA on Dawson Street, Dublin.
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EP President David Sassoli decides on further precautionary measures with regard to Coronavirus. Please rest assured that these are measures of a temporary nature. The Parliament is monitoring the situation in real time and will adapt its measures accordingly.
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St Mary's College from Naas, who were representing Germany have won the 2020 Model Council of the European Union and will be awarded a trip with Euroscola to Strasbourg later this year. St Mary's College is also one of over 70 schools nationwide taking part in the European Parliament Ambassador School Programme (EPAS).
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The European Commission Representation in Ireland issued today the latest annual Eurobarometer report for Ireland. Compared to other EU Member States, the report finds that Irish people have the most positive image of the EU (63%) and 8% hold a negative image. 73% of people feel that the interests of Ireland are well taken account of in the EU. The data for the report was gathered in November 2019 as part of the 92nd edition of the Standard Eurobarometer.
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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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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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