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ROAMING PRICES REMAIN TOO HIGH DESPITE VODAFONE VERDICT

Posted on June 08, 2010 by Alan Kelly


I welcome today's European Court verdict on roaming charges but the cost of roaming across Europe is still too expensive for consumers.

 

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Permanent link | Categories: CommunicationsAlan Kelly MEPmobile phone roamingVodafoneEuropean Court RulingInternal Marketconsumersexpensive

NAMA CAUSED FURTHER AIB BAILOUT: I PUBLISH COMMISSIONER ALMUNIA LETTER

Posted on January 10, 2011 by Alan Kelly

Ireland and EU
Ireland and EU


I have just published the letter from EU Commission Vice President, Joaquin Almunia, explaining how AIB passed banking stress tests last July but was eventually nationalised by year-end. (See text of letter below this blog.)

It is clear that the latest AIB bailout was effectively caused by NAMA and the failure of the government to predict these losses while also taking the bank’s position at face value.

Commissioner Almunia makes it clear in his letter that NAMA’s second discount on AIB loans immediately required an additional €3b cash. This could only come from the Irish taxpayer.

When the government first stress tested the bank, it underestimated the NAMA discount – even though NAMA is a state-body. Was there no co-ordination on this by the Finance Minister?

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Permanent link | Categories: FinanceForeign & European AffairsAlan KellyEUCurrent Affairs Irish

IRELAND MUST FOLLOW FINLAND AND MAKE DIGITAL HISTORY

Posted on July 02, 2010 by Alan Kelly

broadband cables image
broadband cables image

 

Following the news that Finland has made broadband access a legal right for every citizen, I believe Ireland must follow their example and make broadband available to every Irish home and business.

 

 

Finland made digital history when it became the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen.

 

From 1 July every Finn will have the right to access to a 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection.

 

What we need now is an urgent review of Ireland’s broadband strategy. Ireland lags way behind the rest of Europe when it comes to broadband and the problem is worst in rural areas.

 

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Permanent link | Categories: CommunicationsForeign & European AffairsAlan Kelly MEPLabourTipperaryNorth TipperaryBroadbandFinlandaccessrural infrastructurecommunicationsBroadband roll outstrategy

ROAMING FEES TO BE SLASHED IN EUROPE THIS WEEK

Posted on June 29, 2010 by Alan Kelly

Roaming Charges
Roaming Charges

This Thursday will see yet another reduction in roaming charges for Irish customers when travelling in Europe. Hopefully this will end the shameful practice of mobile phone companies giving 'bill shock' to their customers.

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Permanent link | Categories: CommunicationsConsumer AffairsForeign & European AffairsAlan Kelly MEPLabour PartyEuropean ParliamentMobile Phone RoamingchargesreductionEuropean CommissionroamingVodafoneO2travelholidaysbill shock

EU COMMITTEE REPORTS ON GOVT'S HANDLING OF EU DELL MONEY

Posted on June 25, 2010 by Alan Kelly

MEP Alan Kelly with Dell Workers at Oireachtas
MEP Alan Kelly with Dell Workers at Oireachtas

The report submitted by the select group of MEP's who visited Limerick to examine the handling of the Dell EGF funds have confirmed all the issues I have highlighting.

The Government’s handling of the EU retraining money for former Dell workers has now proven beyond doubt to be shambolic.

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Permanent link | Categories: Enterprise Trade & EmploymentAlan Kelly MEPDellEGFMEPDell Redundant WorkersLimerickTipperaryLabourFASEuropean Commission

GOVERNMENT MUST NOT REPEAT DELL MISTAKES WITH WATERFORD CRYSTAL

Posted on June 14, 2010 by Alan Kelly

Waterford_Logo
Waterford_Logo

 

The European Parliament votes tomorrow on the allocation of funds for Waterford Crystal workers and I am calling on the Government to publish a detailed plan on how they will use the funding.

 

It is no secret that serious mistakes have been made by the government in dealing with the European Globalisation Funding for the former Dell Workers.

 

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Permanent link | Categories: EducationEnterprise Trade & EmploymentAlan Kelly MEPLabour PartyWaterford CrystalDell WorkersEGFEuropean Globalisation Fundmistakeseducationregionsouth east

GOVT PLANNING ON EU DELL FUND PROVEN TO BE SHAMBOLIC

Posted on June 08, 2010 by Alan Kelly

Dell Workers with Labour Party - 04/06/10(left to right) Gerry Henchy, Dell Workers Association, Jan O'Sullivan TD, Eamon Gilmore Labour Party Leader, Denis Ryan, Dell Workers Association and Alan Kelly MEP at An Interview with Eamon Gilmore - event in Thomond Park, Limerick on Thursday 3rd June 2010
Dell Workers with Labour Party
04/06/10 (left to right) Gerry Henchy, Dell Workers Association, Jan O'Sullivan TD, Eamon Gilmore Labour Party Leader, Denis Ryan, Dell Workers Association and Alan Kelly MEP at An Interview with Eamon Gilmore - event in Thomond Park, Limerick on Thursday 3rd June 2010

 

Following a series of meetings in Limerick on Friday June 4th, I am calling on the European Parliament's employment committee to appoint someone to liaise with the government over the handling of the EGF fund.

 

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Permanent link | Categories: DellLimerickAlan Kelly MEPEuropean employment committeeDell Redundant WorkersMEPEuropean Globalisation FundEGF

DWYER FAMILY DESERVE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO MICHAEL'S DEATH

Posted on May 09, 2010 by Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly MEP with Dwyer Family - 05/05/10The family of Michael Dwyer, the young Irish man killed in Boliva meeting Alan Kelly MEP in Brussels. (left to right) Ashling Dwyer, Alan Kelly MEP, Caroline Dwyer.Photo Gary Fox
Alan Kelly MEP with Dwyer Family
05/05/10 The family of Michael Dwyer, the young Irish man killed in Boliva meeting Alan Kelly MEP in Brussels. (left to right) Ashling Dwyer, Alan Kelly MEP, Caroline Dwyer. Photo Gary Fox

I am calling for an independent investigation into the killing of Tipperary native, Michael Dwyer in Bolivia.


An independent investigation into the killing Michael Dwyer is the only possible solution to this most serious issue.

Michael Dwyer was a loving and much loved son of the Dwyer family. 

He was a loving, caring person who came from a multi-cultural background.

Last year he was tragically shot dead in Bolivia and the quality of the information emerging from authorities there is suspect.

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Permanent link | Categories: Foreign & European AffairsAlan Kelly MEPMichael DwyerDwyer FamilyBoliviaIndependent InvestigationBrussels

Visiting the White House and New York

Posted on December 10, 2009 by Alan Kelly

With Cass Sunstein - Head of Information and Regulatory Affairs in White House
With Cass Sunstein - Head of Information and Regulatory Affairs in White House

I was on my first trip as an MEP representative to the US over the last couple of days. It was a very interesting and informative few days, where I visited the While House and met with members of the US House of Representatives. We visited both Washington and New York. I met with Cass Sunstein who is I understand quite close to President Obama and is over Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Us Administration. I also met with Susan Rice, who is the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

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Permanent link | Categories: FinanceForeign & European AffairsUSAlan Kelly

Influential Trip to the US

Posted on December 01, 2009 by Alan Kelly

US FlagThis coming Wednesday, I will travel to the US as a member of the influential EU Parliament’s US Delegation. I am the sole Irish MEP to be involved in this trip. With plans to visit Washington and New York, I plan to use this opportunity to meet with US Senators and the House of Representatives members.

Discussions are set to take place to address the global issues of international trade, climate change, transport and communications. I’m eager to meet with the US Senators and House of Representatives members to discuss these important issues which affect us all.

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Permanent link | Categories: Enterprise Trade & EmploymentForeign & European AffairsUSEU Parliament's US Delegation

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