Irish MEPs are amongst least influential in Strasbourg

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Irish MEPs are amongst the least influential in the European Parliament according to a new damning report by VoteWatch Europe, which rates them as being in the second least influential group of national delegations.

The most influential Members of the European Parliament are those from Germany and Italy with those from the UK, Poland, France and Spain also performing well. The third most influential countries include Austria, Sweden, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary.

VoteWatch Europe states that one possible explanation may be the presence of an above average number of independents among Irish MEPs, as well as the high number of MEPs in the far-left GUE-NGL grouping in the chamber. These two groupings tend to be the least influential and most ineffectual, said a spokesperson for VoteWatch Europe.

RTÉ News: Study claims Irish MEPs among least influential in Europe

The top three most influential Irish MEPs are all from Fine Gael:
- Máiréad McGuinness
- Brian Hayes
- Seán Kelly
 
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Irish MEPs are amongst the least influential in the European Parliament according to a new damning report by VoteWatch Europe, which rates them as being in the second least influential group of national delegations.

The most influential Members of the European Parliament are those from Germany and Italy with those from the UK, Poland, France and Spain also performing well. The third most influential countries include Austria, Sweden, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary.



VoteWatch Europe states that one possible explanation may be the presence of an above average number of independents among Irish MEPs, as well as the high number of MEPs in the far-left GUE-NGL grouping in the chamber. These two groupings tend to be the least influential and most ineffectual, said a spokesperson for VoteWatch Europe.

RTÉ News: Study claims Irish MEPs among least influential in Europe
The same study shows individual Irish MEPs punch well above their weight, being top ranked in their contributions.

Oh hang on they were Sinn Fein werent they? petunia
 

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This shouldnt come as any surprise Irish politicians have always had zero influence when it comes to European matters, outside Ireland our politicians dont matter in fact most people have probably never even heard of them.
 

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This shouldnt come as any surprise Irish politicians have always had zero influence when it comes to European matters, outside Ireland our politicians dont matter in fact most people have probably never even heard of them.
MEPs, moron. And you didnt even bother to read the link. petunia
 

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That list of countries that you gave correlates roughly enough with population stats and the MEP numbers for each country!
 

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This shouldnt come as any surprise Irish politicians have always had zero influence when it comes to European matters, outside Ireland our politicians dont matter in fact most people have probably never even heard of them.
Ah, and there was I , hoping 'deep pockets, Phil Hogan' was going to make great gains for us!
With his big fat EU Ministers salary

The insufferable useless Gombeen... Kenny stealing out of our pockets, while lining fat Phils pockets :roll:
 

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This shouldnt come as any surprise Irish politicians have always had zero influence when it comes to European matters, outside Ireland our politicians dont matter in fact most people have probably never even heard of them.
Not "always". The report says it's (possibly) due to the current high number of lefties and independents who don't get much done.

(Did you actually read the OP, never mind the link?)
 

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Whats the difference Nigel Farage was an MEP and a politician either way it just proves the rest of the world could care less about what any of them have to say.
Christ another idiot commenting on a link he hasnt read.

Irish MEPs have shot themselves in the foot by not aligning with larger transnational bloc parties or actually participating actively when they do.

Individual Irish MEPs such as an FG one (god help us) and SFers who have done so are rated top performers.

Now eff off and educate yourself.
 

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Sad but laughable.

They probably have us standing in the corner with our fingers on our lips. We're a political joke.
 

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Not surprising as most Irish MEP's other than those in the EPP are members of off the wall groups with no policy. FF are in the Eurosceptic group.
 

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Even when it's done as an average per MEP, our MEPs still perform poorly. Contrast that with Belgium and Finland.



Report here:
UPDATED: Who holds the power in the European Parliament? Assessing the influence of individual MEPsVoteWatch | VoteWatch
Oh well, at least we're ahead of Greece, Lithuania and the UK (OK, granted the latter are actually checking out of this august facility at present). I must admit however I was under the impression Lynn Boylan was one of the most influential people in Europe, if not the world.
 

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Sad but laughable.

They probably have us standing in the corner with our fingers on our lips. We're a political joke.
Or, more recently, we're electing too many political jokes who are more interested in single issues and pompous grandstanding.

Read this.

Especially the bit after:
"Ireland used to occupy a very prominent position in the European Parliament....."
 

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Irish MEPs are amongst the least influential in the European Parliament according to a new damning report by VoteWatch Europe, which rates them as being in the second least influential group of national delegations.

The most influential Members of the European Parliament are those from Germany and Italy with those from the UK, Poland, France and Spain also performing well. The third most influential countries include Austria, Sweden, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary.

VoteWatch Europe states that one possible explanation may be the presence of an above average number of independents among Irish MEPs, as well as the high number of MEPs in the far-left GUE-NGL grouping in the chamber. These two groupings tend to be the least influential and most ineffectual, said a spokesperson for VoteWatch Europe.

RTÉ News: Study claims Irish MEPs among least influential in Europe
Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy also criticised the methodology used: "It’s basically an indication of who is most caught up in the European Parliament bubble, because it’s designed in such a way as to give points towards official positions in the Parliament, towards larger member states and larger political groupings."
 

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Not surprising as most Irish MEP's other than those in the EPP are members of off the wall groups with no policy. FF are in the Eurosceptic group.
I wouldn't care so much if they could coalesce and form a ginger group.
 

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Not surprising as most Irish MEP's other than those in the EPP are members of off the wall groups with no policy. FF are in the Eurosceptic group.
Nail on the head. We're electing independents and a type of leftists who just get ignored.
 

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Not surprising as most Irish MEP's other than those in the EPP are members of off the wall groups with no policy. FF are in the Eurosceptic group.
That's largely it (although FF are in the ALDE, it is just their non-attending MEP that is in the Conservatives' group). Basically, if we return politicians from fringe political groups, they just aren't going to be influential. It is akin to returning PBP politicians to the Oireachtas -
They may be there and noisy but they just aren't going to win votes to influence the legislation the Oireachtas passes.
 

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"Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy also criticised the methodology used: "It’s basically an indication of who is most caught up in the European Parliament bubble, because it’s designed in such a way as to give points towards official positions in the Parliament, towards larger member states and larger political groupings."

The average Belgian and Finnish MEP is doing fine. Are they "larger member states"? Also, why were we doing better in the past?
 

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Or, more recently, we're electing too many political jokes who are more interested in single issues and pompous grandstanding.

Read this.

Especially the bit after:
"Ireland used to occupy a very prominent position in the European Parliament....."
" there is definitely a connection with the Poles and that is Catholicism " FFS.
 


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