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Thank-you from Nessa Childers

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Wednesday 19 Jun 2019


As my second term within the European Parliament draws to a close, I would like to extend my thanks to all those who have supported my work over the past years. It has been an enormous privilege to serve the people of Dublin and Ireland East in Europe.  It is my strongest belief that our society should be measured by how we treat the most vulnerable and I believe that my contribution within the European Parliament has been reflective of this- Nessa

Childers rejects exclusive private business courts in EU-Singapore trade deal

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Thursday 14 Feb 2019

Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, expressed disappointment at the endorsement by the European Parliament of an investor court system governing the EU-Singapore trade agreement.

Speaking from Strasbourg after Wednesday’s vote to approve an arbitration scheme to compensate corporations for public decisions that threaten their expected bottom lines on foot of the free trade agreement provisions, Ms. Childers said:

“I am disappointed to see a majority of my colleagues persisting with this model that grants big business an exclusive judicial forum to challenge government policy-making whenever they think decisions taken in the public interest will interfere with their profits.

“The Investor Court System, which the EU executive champions as an important reform to a dispute settlement, actually maintains the all the perverse features of this flawed approach.

“We are willingly taking our own governments hostage to a maximalist doctrine of ‘legitimate expectations’ from the business sector which can and does chill regulation, on pain of extortionately expensive litigation.

“By pushing this model, particularly among developed countries, we are effectively undermining our own legal and judicial institutions, where the same legal standards should apply to all under the same conditions.

“There is a groundswell of frustration and anger against the unequal dividends of globalisation among the general public.

Those who claim to defend it are actually undermining open societies by turning a deaf ear to their legitimate concerns.”


MEPs scoff at new Irish party’s Brexit aspirations

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Tuesday 8 Jan 2019

Blue November and World Diabetes Day

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Wednesday 14 Nov 2018

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to:

  • Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year.
  • Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.

The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

Every year, the World Diabetes Day campaign focuses on a dedicated theme that runs for one or more years. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018-19 is Family and Diabetes.

Childers finds glass half empty on drinking water directive

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Wednesday 24 Oct 2018

Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, expressed disappointment at the lack of support for universal access to water from a majority of conservative MEPs.

Speaking from Strasbourg after yesterday’s vote on the review of the Drinking Water Directive in the European Parliament, Ms. Childers said:

“Everybody agreed that decades-old EU water quality and safety standards had to be brought up to date with scientific knowledge and environmental goals.

“Unfortunately, not everybody in Parliament agrees that vulnerable groups such as the homeless have a right to access to water

“The first successful European Citizens’ Initiative ever called precisely for European action to ensure water remains a public service and a public good.

“About a million people in 21st century Europe lack access to water, with close to ten times more lacking sanitation.

“This review was a wasted opportunity to listen to the voice of our citizens and enshrine universal access to drinking water in European legislation.

“I was part of progressive, cross-party coalition which pushed amendments to strengthen this proposal, and counted on the efforts of many colleagues such as my Dublin counterpart, Lynn Boylan, and the UK’s Rory Palmer.

“It is unconscionable to see cornerstone of those efforts scuppered by the commodifying mentality that, in Ireland, cost us millions in consultant fees that could have gone to works on atrocious leakage rates.”