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The European Parliament's office in Ireland, has launched a nationwide competition for student journalists interested in human rights and the prestigious annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought awarded each year in Strasbourg. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 01 November.
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This note provides information on the election of the new Commission and the hearings of the Commissioners-designate, which start on 30 September the same date Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan's hearing will take place.
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The newest edition of the Eurobarometer shows that Ireland is among the most pro-European member states with 89% of respondents stating that membership has benefitted the country and 69% saying that their voice counts in the EU that compares to an EU average of 68% and 56% respectively.
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The 11th annual Citizens’ Energy Forum took place in the Aviva Conference Centre in Dublin, on September 12th and 13th. Former European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek and Irish MEP Ciarán Cuffe were among the speakers over the two days.  
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On Wednesday Christine Lagarde presented her priorities to MEPs in Parliament's Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee if confirmed President of the European Central Bank.
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The Brexit Steering Group has reiterated that an orderly exit is only possible with the backstop, that in all circumstances ensures no hardening of the border on the Island of Ireland, safeguards the Good Friday Agreement and protects the integrity of the Single Market.
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"Cold Case Hammarskjöld",  "God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya" and "The Realm" will be competing for this year's Lux Prize, the European Parliament's film prize.
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The latest Eurobarometer indicates increased citizen engagement across the EU and confirms Irish positivity towards Europe with 89% of Irish citizens believing that EU membership has benefitted the country.
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Vice-President Mairead McGuinness.
Mairead McGuinness was the first of fourteen Vice-Presidents elected receiving 618 votes from a total of 702 votes cast. 
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Today, David Sassoli (S&D, IT) MEP was elected as the President of the European Parliament, replacing Antonio Tajani, having won 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round. 
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On Wednesday, MEPs voted on the size of Parliament’s 20 committees and two sub-committees. Their composition was confirmed by political groups later on the same day.
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