Number of Irish MEP’s to be cut from 12 to 11

copeThe number of Irish MEPs looks set to be reduced from 12 to 11, following a vote today by the Constitutional Affairs Committee in Europe, to reduce the number of Irish MEP seats.

A total of 15 seats are to be cut from member states to comply with the Lisbon Treaty.

Northwest MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher says it’s bad news for Ireland, as it will make it harder for our voice to be heard in Europe.

The Donegal-based MEP is calling on his colleagues in the Irish Government to veto the reduction in MEP numbers, at least until after the next European elections in 2014....