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ang
16-01-2012, 02:13 PM
Statement from Labour Party.


Labour MEP Proinsias De Rossa has announced he is stepping down as Member of the European Parliament in February.

He said: "Since 1982, I have been privileged to represent the people of Finglas and Ballymun in the Dáil, and more widely the people of Dublin in Europe. I wish to thank the electorate for that opportunity and for their support in the 11 elections I have successfully contested since ’82, and indeed in the 4 elections I had previously unsuccessfully contested.

“My work as a public representative for 30 years, and before that my 25 years as a grassroots political activist, has always been motivated by a desire to change society for the better. I have dedicated all my energies to the pursuit of peace and the elimination of poverty and inequality through peaceful change, and the deepening of democracy.

“These are matters on which I will continue to be active. I hope to participate in efforts to develop and promote alternative policy responses to Europe-wide austerity economics, the deepening of EU democracy and the social market economy, and the recognition of a Palestinian State living in peace alongside Israel.

“I want to thank all the people with whom I have worked politically, in particular the members of the Labour Party, Democratic Left and The Workers' Party, as well as countless NGOs and civil society organisations, whose driving motivation was and is the achievement of social justice. Their selfless commitment to a better society and the basic common sense of the Irish people are the main reasons I am optimistic for the future of Ireland and our place at the heart of the European Union."

http://www.labour.ie/press/listing/132672255215999536.html

DCon
16-01-2012, 02:17 PM
He got Cardiff in. Job done. Retire.

ang
16-01-2012, 02:26 PM
Twitter rumour that Emer Costello is the most likely choice to fill the seat.

antiestablishmentarian
16-01-2012, 02:26 PM
He'll have his memoirs to write. Should be Stalinesque in its blatant disregard for truth and history. For those who might not know about De Rossa's history in the WP this letter (this letter) is recommended reading.

Baron von Biffo
16-01-2012, 02:27 PM
He got Cardiff in. Job done. Retire.

How prescient of him to enter politics all those years ago with that goal in mind.

Baron von Biffo
16-01-2012, 02:30 PM
Twitter rumour that Emer Costello is the most likely choice to fill the seat.

She is first on the list but may not leave her junior ministry. His full replacement list is :-

1. COSTELLO, EMER
2. O'SULLIVAN, AIDAN
3. FREEHILL, MARY
4. O'TOOLE, DESMOND
5. MULLIGAN, LORAINE
6. HIGGINS, ROSS

http://www.europarl.ie/view/en/irish_meps/replacement_lists.html;jsessionid=0C535E355FE4309A 7791CEAA09C226BA

antiestablishmentarian
16-01-2012, 02:33 PM
She is first on the list but may not leave her junior ministry. His full replacement list is :-

1. COSTELLO, EMER
2. O'SULLIVAN, AIDAN
3. FREEHILL, MARY
4. O'TOOLE, DESMOND
5. MULLIGAN, LORAINE
6. HIGGINS, ROSS

http://www.europarl.ie/view/en/irish_meps/replacement_lists.html;jsessionid=0C535E355FE4309A 7791CEAA09C226BA

I thought she was just a councillor, not a Junior Minister?

Baron von Biffo
16-01-2012, 02:38 PM
I thought she was just a councillor, not a Junior Minister?

:o

You're right. Sorry about that, my head was off on holiday somewhere.

Slim Buddha
16-01-2012, 02:42 PM
He has dined for Ireland long enough and there comes a time when even the sturdiest waistbands get tested just once too often.

His patriotism can never be doubted as virtually nobody can be unaffected by the story of the Irish "wunderwirtschaft" going from stellar perfection to a ***** snowstorm of dog turds. Explaining Fianna Fail to dumbfounded Slovakians, Bulgarians and Slovanians. is hard work and best done in a 2 star Michelin restaurants .Frank Ross, Patriot.

Holly
16-01-2012, 03:20 PM
His legacy will be that he championed the Fianna Fáil senior civil servant Kevin Cardiff for the highly lucrative post to the European Court of Auditors after failing to spot how the Irish banks were spectacularly gambling during the real estate bubble.

Shaadi
16-01-2012, 03:45 PM
He'll have his memoirs to write. Should be Stalinesque in its blatant disregard for truth and history. For those who might not know about De Rossa's history in the WP this letter (this letter) is recommended reading.Haven't the Comrades done well for themselves, it's almost unbelievable how the likes of De Rossa, Gilmore and Rabbit have seamlessly warped into what they once railed against. Animal Farm in action.

ang
16-01-2012, 03:46 PM
Emer was co-opted to DCC to replace her husband Joe Costello.(I had thought Labour frowned upon "Family" co-opts) Now seems quite likely she will be co-opted to the EU.

Sam Lord
16-01-2012, 03:59 PM
Should be Stalinesque in its blatant disregard for truth and history.

I beg your pardon ...

Richardbouvet
16-01-2012, 04:28 PM
I was never a fan of the careerist/revisionists of DL, but in fairness to De Rossa, he is probably the only one of them to retain even a shred of socialist commitment.

I know he was a disgrace on Lisbon and on the Kevin Cardiff issue, but he has at least been a fighter on issues like the Middle East and workers' rights.

fluffybiscuits
16-01-2012, 04:34 PM
One more reason why the man is a hero

http://www.oireachtas-debates.gov.ie/D/0420/D.0420.199205210050.html

He read into the record the number for abortion clinics in the UK using his dail priveleges he helped to bring about a near end to the lack of rights for information on abotion. Anything that pisses Youth Defence off is good in my books :D

ang
16-01-2012, 06:58 PM
Nothing to do with his pension I suppose.

Binn Beal
16-01-2012, 07:32 PM
I sympathise with him being badgered by thugs but think he joins the ranks of those who offered so much and delivered so little.

riposte
16-01-2012, 08:45 PM
In the whole history of Irish politics no other politician changed his mind, turned his back and sold out his principles more often than Proinsias De Rossa.

C. Flower
16-01-2012, 09:18 PM
GILMORE PAYS TRIBUTE TO DE ROSSA


I would like to pay tribute to Proinsias de Rossa who has today announced his intention to step down as Labour Party MEP for Dublin.

Proinsias has an outstanding record in public life going back 30 years. He has been a great friend and colleague, and on a personal level, was a real inspiration to me when I was first elected as a TD.

As Minister for Social Welfare between 1994 and 1997, he brought a reforming and progressive influence to bear, and put combatting poverty at the heart of Govt policy.

A dedicated believer in the European project, Proinsias served as MEP from 1989 to 1992 and again from 1999 to the present day. His reputation among his colleagues and friends, and indeed even among his adversaries in the European Parliament, is that of a passionate, hard-working and dedicated representative of Ireland.

Proinsias has always been a great campaigning politician, and his hunger for justice, whether that be for council tenants in Ballymun, or for people in the Middle East, has been his hallmark for as long as I have known him.

Proinsias will be sorely missed by his colleagues both here in Ireland and in the European Parliament, and while I hope and trust that he will enjoy his retirement, I also hope that he will not be a stranger, and that as a Party, we will be able to lean on his vast experience and expertise from time to time.


Gilmore will miss Prionsias

Baron von Biffo
16-01-2012, 09:28 PM
Gilmore will miss Prionsias

Think positively. UKIP and its fellow travellers will be happy to see the back of the troublesome Paddy.

Dr. FIVE
16-01-2012, 09:37 PM
Think positively. UKIP and its fellow travellers will be happy to see the back of the troublesome Paddy.

I see Darren Scully on the replacement list for FG as it goes.

Dr. FIVE
16-01-2012, 09:39 PM
I was never a fan of the careerist/revisionists of DL, but in fairness to De Rossa, he is probably the only one of them to retain even a shred of socialist commitment.

I know he was a disgrace on Lisbon and on the Kevin Cardiff issue, but he has at least been a fighter on issues like the Middle East and workers' rights.

This is interesting (or textbook depending how you look at it)


Stood firm on issue he could do little about.
Rowed in behind the establishment in the rare moments he could make a difference

Baron von Biffo
16-01-2012, 09:56 PM
I see Darren Scully on the replacement list for FG as it goes.

:D

Dr. FIVE
17-01-2012, 10:13 PM
Emer Costello erm, elected to go Europe.

Dynasty doing well

Griska
17-01-2012, 10:31 PM
Prawn-cheese spoke in favour of reintroducing internment in the '80s.
He let us down on Lisbon.
He's in the Labour Party.

Socialist?
Don't make me laugh.