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I’m ready for my close-up! Sub-committee on EU Affairs webcasting this Tuesday

Becoming slightly obsessed with the technology supporting our body politik lately, so news that the Sub-Committee on EU Affairs hearing on ‘Ireland’s Future Approach to EU Policy areas’ is webcasting on Tuesday morning from 10am is welcome.

On the agenda: 

  • 10.00 a.m. (Session 1)
    • The evolution of the CFSP/ESDP and the Foreign Policy Challenges facing the EU
      • Ms. Helga Schmid CFSP Policy Unit, General Secretariat of the Council
  • 11.30 a.m. (Session 2)
    • Ireland’s approach to the CFSP/ESDP and its position on military neutrality
      • Mr. Daniel Keohane, Institute for Security Studies
      • Mr. Ben Tonra, University College Dublin
  • 2.30 p.m. (Session 3)
    • Ireland’s future in the European Union: issues relating to the Sub-Committee’s remit
      • Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • 4.00 p.m. (Session 4)
    • Ireland’s Approach to EU Financial and Economic Policy and the role of the ECB
      • Mr. Tom O’Connell, Central Bank of Ireland

Where the CFSP is the Common Foreign and Security Policy of EU (the agreed common foreign policy of member states) and ESDP is the European Security and Defence Policy. Why are the acronyms? Simple is better.

And the rockstars on the sub-committee include: 

Senator Paschal Donohoe, Fine Gael (Chairman)

Thomas Byrne, TD (Fine Fáil)
Joe Costello, TD, (Labour)
Lucinda Creighton, TD (Fine Gael)
Timmy Dooley, TD (Fianna Fáil)
Beverly Flynn, TD (Fianna Fáil)
Michael McGrath, TD (Fianna Fáil)
Billy Timmins, TD (Fine Gael)

Senator Deirdre deBurca (GP)
Senator Pearse Doherty (Sinn Féin)
Senator Ronan Mullen, (Independent)
Senator Phil Prendergast, (Lab)

Perhaps the webcast is more about exposing more transparency of the EU policy machinations. To be honest I’m surprised that this webcast hasn’t been large upped more. It’s not just political animals that ought to watch this kinda thing. Although, if it’s just a vehicle for EU dogma, then we might as well skip it. Edit: Course, it’s more likely to be a heavy does of paranoia about Lisbon Part Deux (this got lost in original post!)

I’d much prefer some spud-covered national issue areas like Agriculture, Finance or Health to be webcasted. C’mon oireachtas.ie, we’ll hug you even more. 


1 Comment

This seems like an ideal Liveblog.ie moment.

I’ll set up the room and the post. I doubt it will have quite as many participants as the US Election but at least it will be a gathering point for the interested few.

The last webcast Committee Meeting was unexpectedly revealing of the quality of contributions from our elected representatives. I look forward to similar comedy moments during this one.

Posted by Simon McGarr on 10 November 2008 @ 1pm

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