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Irish MEP opposes ‘nonsensical’ time change

Ireland South MEP Seán Kelly has launched an EU-level bid to end the “nonsensical” bi-annual time change or Daylight Saving Time (DST), which will see the clocks turned back an hour this Sunday. Mr Kelly has backed a European Parliament Resolution, co-signed by some 40 MEPs, calling for the EU to end the “archaic” ‘fall back, spring forward’ time changes for health and safety reasons. DST is the practice of advancing the clock forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjusting it backwards or delaying time at the start of autumn, which is planned for this Sunday night, 30th October, at 2am Irish time. The idea originated in 1895 but was first introduced in Europe during World War I but was more widely used worldwide from the 1970s. “I have consistently called for an end to the time change over serious health and safety concerns for citizens and am fully supporting a European Parliament motion to end …

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European Parliament posts for Kelly and Clune

Two Ireland South MEPs, Deirde Clune and Sean Kelly have secured membership of much sought-after European Parliament committees. As the new parliamentary term began in Strasbourg this week,  Fine Gael delegation leader in the parliament, Mairead McGuinness, confirmed the party’s committee memberships. They are: Mairead McGuinness (Midlands North West) – Full membership of Agriculture & Rural Development/AGRI, substitute on Environment, Public Health & Food Safety/ENVI Sean Kelly (South) – Full membership of Industry and Energy/ITRE, substitute on Internal Market/INTA Deirdre Clune (South) – Full membership of Transport & Tourism/TRAN, substitute on Employment & Social Affairs/EMPL Brian Hayes (Dublin) – Full membership of Economic & Monetary Affairs/ECON, substitute on Development/DEVE & Budgetary control/CONT “We have been successful in securing membership of committees which are important to Ireland and the EU. These committees will be pivotal in driving the agenda for growth and jobs in the EU,” Ms McGuinness said. “The next five years in the European Parliament must focus on creating …

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MEP calls for online skills database

MEP Sean Kelly has called for the establishment of an online local skills database to promote Irish rural locations like Ennis, with a view to increasing the geographical spread of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). “In order to encourage a more regional spread of FDI in Ireland, we need to promote the advantages of our regions and the educated workforce people based there,” said Mr Kelly, who is MEP of the Year for Research and Innovation. He noted how an excellent initiative running in the US State of Indiana provides a working example of how Ireland could launch a skills database. “The Indiana Economic Development Corporation launched a website which provides prospective investors/business owners with a quick search facility listing population, percentage of people with degrees and other useful statistics for each town/region.So if we were to launch that service in Ireland, an investor could easily examine the possibility of locating a business in Ennis, for example. “We already have a …

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