Controversy over MEP attendence rumbles on…

The About EU blog has been tracking the controversy that’s kicked up over Northern Ireland’s MEP attendence records. He has all the relevant links and material from all the players, including Sinn Fein’s spat with the Irish News editor Noel Doran.

  • Zorro

    …Sinn Fein’s spat with the Irish News editor Noel Doran.

    I would only read the Irish News because of its editorial and the sport pages. What is the problem Spin Fein has with Noel Doran? I would have thought that any first year media studies student could see the paper has clearly adopted a biased approach unbefitting such an eminent quality broadsheet. Admittedly this is not demonstrated in the editorial. It always shows a great clarity of thinking that would be reflected by the majority of right thinking people. However this can no longer be said of the paper’s Political and Picture editors/correspondents. Is this why so many people who used to buy the paper daily, no longer bother?

  • fair_deal

    “They may indeed have an attendance record of 100 per cent but deliver little for their constituents.”

    Jim Allister has managed a 100% attendance record and seems to have no difficulty getting round Northern Ireland working with constituents.

  • Gum

    Always got the impression Allister would have one of the more impressive records in the Parliament but like Ive argued before, it doesnt do a great deal. The Parliament is a joke and needs to be seriously changed. It really has very little influence.

  • bootman

    Allister has only 6 counties to “get around” not 32,the meath by-election wouldnt have disrupted him too much for example.

    And there is at least one factual error in the article:
    “EU plenary sessions are held four to six times a month.”—–miles off the mark…….

  • fair_deal

    Bairbre represents the same number of counties as the other two MEPS and what exactly has a by-election in Meath got to do with her European duties or looking after the interests of her constituents?

  • Roisin

    Bootman,

    “And there is at least one factual error in the article:
    “EU plenary sessions are held four to six times a month.”—–miles off the mark…….”

    What do you mean by miles of the mark? Plenary sessions are held a week per month, so around 4 days month. Check the agenda