Joe Higgins storms out of meeting with Olli Rehn when told to keep details secret

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Socialist Party MEP for Dublin Joe Higgins stormed out of a meeting this morning that was planned for Irish MEPs according the Guardian Irish Liveblog. Higgins was told the meeting was private and the details of the briefing should remain secret.

10.10am: An Irish member of the European parliament has just stormed out of a "closed door" meeting of Irish MEPs in Brussels after the EU's commissioner for monetary affairs, Olli Rehn (left), told him the content of the meeting was to remain secret. He walked out after two minutes.

"What he said was: 'I could give the party line or share the real info,'" said Socialist MEP Joe Higgins, adding that Rehn spoke with a forked tongue - one for the media and one for MEPs.

The Irish MEPs had been invited to a meeting with Rehn following growing unease about the political unrest in Ireland.
Do our elected representatives in Brussels and Strasbourg have a responsibility to tell their voters what's going on?
 


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First Brian Cowen is trying to keep the truth from us, now Ollie Rehn! The sudden question that comes to my mind is this - FG and Labour were quite voiciferous of Cowan not coming out and telling the truth to the public as to what exactly is going on - Why didn't the Labour and FG MEP's not storm out of this meeting on the same basis??? Fair play to Joe for taking a principled stand is what I say!
 

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First Brian Cowen is trying to keep the truth from us, now Ollie Rehn! The sudden question that comes to my mind is this - FG and Labour were quite voiciferous of Cowan not coming out and telling the truth to the public as to what exactly is going on - Why didn't the Labour and FG MEP's not storm out of this meeting on the same basis??? Fair play to Joe for taking a principled stand is what I say!
+1. A man of honour.
 

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Well done Joe!

At least we have a person of principals working for us in Europe.
 

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Good man Joe. I like his language of late, hating meetings in secret, Goldman Sachs, shady feudalists, and sectioning neo liberals from ordinary businesses and self employed tradespeople.
 

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Maybe the secret is that we don't have to pay back the €80bn and Ollie wants to keep the surprise for xmas? :D
 

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Good for him! It is high time the eejits in Brussels stopped treating us like subjects and realised their role is to serve US the citizens!
 

White Horse

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Well done Joe.

I've had enough of technocrats peverting and subverting democracy.

No budget until an election is held!

The people must speak.
 

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Why did,nt he stay?

Now we will never know what happened
 

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Under what EU rule is Rhen allowed select Euro MEPs and provide secret information?

What was the purpose of the meeting?

Are the Irish MEPs allowed "tell" their respective parties what was said?

Why doesn't Rhen address the Dail in secret session?

This stinks.

Labour and FG MEPS should now come clean on what was said.

What are the sanctions?

Why were German MEPS not invited?
 

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Why did,nt he stay?

Now we will never know what happened
But we do now know that the other MEPs know whatever the secret is, surely it'll be easier to pressurise the non FF MEPs into spilling now?
 

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He should have stayed and spilt the beans afterwards.
He certainly should. What exactly has throwing a hissy fit acheived - apart from a bit of cheap publicity for Joe.

He should have kept his cool, listened to what Rehn said and then come out told us the EU spiel. And secrecy and confidentiality be damned.

A great opportunity lost for Joe to do the Irish people some service, me thinks.
 

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So the Irish MEPs that stayed are just towing the line. Worthless the lot of them.

Fair play to you Joe.
 

Lord Wellington

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He certainly should. What exactly has throwing a hissy fit acheived - apart from a bit of cheap publicity for Joe.

He should have kept his cool, listened to what Rehn said and then come out told us the EU spiel. And secrecy and confidentiality be damned.

A great opportunity lost for Joe to do the Irish people some service, me thinks.
Maybe Joe can tells us under what rule secret meetings are allowed and what sanctions were threatened.

Public hanging in Frankfurt?
 


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