North South Interconnector Delegation
I hosted a delegation of stakeholders and community representatives living along the proposed route of the North-South Interconnector, where there is considerable opposition to the current proposals for pylon-supported high-voltage power lines.
Those in attendance included representatives from the North East Pylon Pressure (NEPP) group, the County Monaghan Anti Pylon committee, and Safe Electricity for Armagh & Tyrone (SEAT), along with elected representatives, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Peadar Tóibín TD, Cathal Boylan MLA, Jemma Dolan MLA and councillors from across the region.
The delegation visited the headquarters of Elia, the Belgian electricity transmission operator, which is responsible for developing the Aachen-Liege (ALEGrO) Interconnector between Belgium and Germany. The ALEGrO project has many similarities with the North South Interconnector but with one fundamental difference – it will be entirely undergrounded.
Inver College LCA class
Pupils from Matt’s old school were accompanied by their teachers to the European Parliament. The group toured the city of Brussels and the European Parliament, met Irish MEPs and visited the Parliamentarian.
Young farmers Delegation
30 young farmers from across the Midlands Northwest constituency travelled to Brussels to meet with MEPs, DG Agri Commission reps and well as agriculture organisations and EU transparency NGOs.
Irish Unity delegation
Matt brought over a group of activists on a fact finding mission to the European Parliament to meet with representatives of other separatists and independence activists from across Europe.
Matt brought over a delegation of Irish agri-food producers and farmers to the European Parliament to hear about the application processes for PDOs, PGIs and TSGs, and the benefits the schemes bring. Out of the roughly 3,000 protected geographical indications in the 28 Member States, only 5 come from Ireland. With so many rural traditions, agricultural methods and indigenous species distinguishing its food, there is no reason why Ireland shouldn’t take more benefit from EU Quality Schemes.
Down syndrome Ireland Cavan Branch
Matt brought the Cavan Latch on Programme Particiapants over to Brussels to meet Irish MEPs and learn about the workings of the Parliameent.
All island food labelling
Matt invited a group of farmers and agriculture representatives to engage with policy makers and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector to discuss the prospect for an all island food label.
Matt hosted a group of trade unionists, farmers, environmentalists, civil society groups and NGOs opposed to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The group had hearings with La Via Campesina, Representatives from DG Trade and DG AGri, Food & Water Europe, EPHA and the Irish Perm Rep.
Matt hosted a group of community activists and Sinn Féin councillors in March 2015. The group were given presentations about available funding by a representative of DG Regional Policy and the Irish Regional Office Brussels.