Billy Kelleher

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Billy Kelleher said : “There can be no toleration of anti-competitive practices in a sector that affects citizens so much. Hard-pressed families cannot afford to keep paying artificially high electricity prices to maintain ESB’s profit margins,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, May 17, 2022 4:36:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Margrethe Vestager ) : “As well as engaging with the Energy Commissioner, we will also be seeking to meet with the Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager. There can be no toleration of anti-competitive practices in a sector that affects citizens so much. Hard-pressed families cannot afford to keep paying artificially high electricity prices to maintain ESB’s profit margins,” External link

offalyindependent Wednesday, May 4, 2022 7:36:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “There comes a point when business needs must give way to a company’s moral obligations” External link

agriland Monday, April 4, 2022 7:18:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “This weekend, mass graves were unearthed and Ukrainian citizens were slaughtered by Russian operatives,” External link

agriland Sunday, April 3, 2022 9:50:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Maintaining their operations in Russia is providing legitimacy to Putin’s regime, and their presence supports the Russian administration and their economic activity in the country is supporting the illegal war in Ukraine” External link

agriland Sunday, April 3, 2022 9:50:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “We cannot stick our heads in the sand and hope for the best. We must wean ourselves of Russian gas in the short term and off most gas in the medium term. There is an opportunity now for Ireland to help achieve both outcomes,” External link

independent-ie Friday, March 25, 2022 9:35:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “The reason I did was because I looked at it primarily from a political viewpoint and also from a scientific viewpoint and I tried to marry the two of them to make decision,” “Scientifically, you could certainly argue that to get to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible, the more nuclear energy we have, the less dependent we are on gas, or coal or oil” External link

thejournal Friday, March 18, 2022 11:36:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “We’re already purchasing nuclear power generated electricity from the UK. We’re already using it, it’s just that we don’t have a nuclear generation station in Ireland. At the moment, with the size of our country – the demand versus the size and the cost of it – it wouldn’t justify it, but we are going to be in the European grid,” External link

thejournal Friday, March 18, 2022 11:36:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Ireland will have to play its part in providing accommodation and lots of it" External link

RTERadio Monday, March 7, 2022 1:58:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "It was very sobering and very emotional to be truthful to see thousands and thousands of people carrying bags, carrying children, walking down roads heading to the Polish border, it was difficult to watch" External link

irishexaminer Monday, March 7, 2022 1:46:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "We met with the mayor, we met with the governor - it's a region about 100 miles from the Polish border - and then we also met with some Ukrainian parliamentarians. " External link

irishexaminer Monday, March 7, 2022 1:46:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about Vladimir Putin ) : “I strongly believe it is time the entire European Union showed the door to the ambassadors that are standing over Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of a peaceful, sovereign, independent country, and who are his mouthpieces, and I fervently believe they should be sent packing back to Moscow” External link

eecho Saturday, February 26, 2022 1:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher told : “Otherwise, we will end up in a few years’ time taking a deep breath and telling farmers that they’ll have to curtail the number of animals on farms,” External link

agriland Friday, February 25, 2022 3:44:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “While they still need to go through the legislative process, with the European Parliament and the European Council having their say, I am worried that Ireland’s particular circumstances and the impacts on farmers – especially small farmers – has not been taken into account,” “This proposal is aimed at agricultural land. However, Ireland has some of the largest concentration of peatland in the EU, and Bord na Móna has already committed to rewetting 35,000ha of bog. This needs to be included in Ireland’s totals I believe” External link

agriland Thursday, February 24, 2022 10:27:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “As Russia would be the aggressor, it’s fair to assume that such a resolution may be a long time coming,” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, February 23, 2022 7:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Now that this final hurdle has been overcome, I would urge Glanbia to move on with their plans as quickly as possible. Thousands of dairy farmers across Munster and South Leinster are ready and waiting to provide top quality Irish milk and to support the creation of a significant number of well-paying local jobs,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 17, 2022 2:57:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “national intervention in every member state” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, February 16, 2022 11:45:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “While this will require working with staff and unions to agree protocols and procedures, it is very much worth it, and I believe it should happen as soon as possible,” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, February 16, 2022 11:45:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher argued : “I think the French are very much opposed to [the deal], and I don’t believe that it is going to make significant progress through the democratic process and the parliamentary process during the French presidency,” External link

agriland Monday, January 24, 2022 7:48:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “The French will be very much looking to renegotiate or reorientate the whole Mercosur Trade Agreement” External link

agriland Monday, January 24, 2022 7:48:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “We are one step closer to getting rid of the impracticable and damaging proposals on pregnant and unweaned animals from the ANIT recommendation” External link

agriland Friday, January 14, 2022 7:47:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “While the support of every MEP in each of our three groups is not guaranteed, it is a positive sign that groups representing a majority in the parliament have agreed to re-table these sensible yet pro-animal welfare amendments,” External link

agriland Friday, January 14, 2022 7:47:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Between now and then, I will work to convince more MEPs, especially Irish colleagues, to vote for proposals that improve standards and allow the industry to continue. No Irish MEP should be voting to keep the extreme proposals that I am opposing in the final set of recommendations,” External link

agriland Friday, January 14, 2022 7:47:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “During plenary week, I will seek to build a majority in Parliament that is both pro-animal welfare but also pro-rural communities. From the very beginning of this debate, I have repeatedly said that both positions can exist at the same time,” External link

kilkennypeople Wednesday, January 12, 2022 6:09:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “When this issue comes up for debate next month at the full plenary session of the Parliament, I will table alternative proposals,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, December 7, 2021 10:53:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “Throughout this process, I advocated and supported compromise positions that reflected the need to increase animal welfare standards during transport and the need to protect livelihoods in rural communities” External link

waterford-news Saturday, December 4, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “When this issue comes up for debate next month at the full plenary session of the Parliament, I will table alternative proposals which reflect my belief that it is possible to transport live animals and maintain their wellbeing. I do not believe it is an either-or scenario,” External link

independent-ie Friday, December 3, 2021 12:53:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher argued : “Quite simply, if adopted by the full parliament and taken on-board by the commission when drawing up the new regulation, it would sound a death knell for thousands of jobs in rural Ireland,” External link

agriland Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:47:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher stated ( about An Bord Pleanala ) : “I believe An Taisce, while they have an entitlement and a right to do so, that they’re actually using the planning process to make political points and to try and rewrite policy and I don’t believe that that’s how the planning process should be used or even abused” External link

waterford-news Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher replied : “The Government did publish legislation with regard to critical infrastructures but when you have a Constitution, when you have the entitlement to seek redress to go to court, then that pathway is always available. So there also has to be a streamlined court process as well that can assess these matters in a timely manner; otherwise, we will end up with all of these critical infrastructure projects that are there to benefit the public good, to help reduce our carbon footprint and gas emissions and also producing more environmentally sustainable electricity, yet they are being delayed for extended periods. This is an area that we just have to get right” External link

waterford-news Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “And this is happening in many other areas, not just in electricity generation through wind and solar (energy) but even offshore as well; it seems to be a very lethargic approach to getting these projects from conception to completion. And then you look at the most recent case of investors not staying the course (the withdrawal of Norwegian company Equinor from a partnership with ESB from a project off the West Clare coast) in terms of off-shore wind energy as well” External link

waterford-news Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “As the sole Irish voice in these negotiations, and as a representative of an exporting island nation, I will defend the right of Irish exporters to transport animals, weaned and unweaned, to mainland Europe” External link

agriland Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:28:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “The next number of weeks will be crucial in terms of negotiations. I will be fighting to protect the interests of Irish farmers and exporters and to promote the highest possible animal transport standards. I firmly believe it’s possible to do both,” External link

agriland Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:28:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Glanbia must find a way to ensure farmers do not lose out,” External link

agriland Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:12:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Every resource of the State, and if necessary, private support, must be deployed to make it happen on time,” External link

kilkennypeople Sunday, May 9, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Ultimately, we need to enable citizens to make an informed choice when it comes to taking a vaccine,” External link

kilkennypeople Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:53:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Ultimately, we need to enable citizens to make an informed choice when it comes to taking a vaccine,” External link

offalyexpress Wednesday, April 28, 2021 6:03:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Ultimately, we need to enable citizens to make an informed choice when it comes to taking a vaccine,” External link

leinsterexpress Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “I would urge the Government to look favourably on their proposals,” External link

eecho Sunday, April 11, 2021 5:43:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Otherwise our hotel system will not have the capacity in terms of quarantining," "So that is an issue, because between France, Germany and Italy alone, there must be 50,000 to 60,000 people at least – Irish citizens – living in those countries. If any percentage of them wants to come home for any reasons it could overwhelm the system" External link

irishexaminer Friday, April 2, 2021 10:43:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Otherwise our hotel system will not have the capacity in terms of quarantining," "So that is an issue, because between France, Germany and Italy alone there must be 50,000 to 60,000 people at least - Irish citizens - living in those countries. If any percentage of them wants to come home for any reasons it could overwhelm the system" External link

RTERadio Friday, April 2, 2021 10:05:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Otherwise our hotel system will not have the capacity in terms of quarantining," "So that is an issue, because between France, Germany and Italy alone there must be 50,000 to 60,000 people at least - Irish citizens - living in those countries. If any percentage of them wants to come home for any reasons it could overwhelm the system" External link

RTERadio Friday, April 2, 2021 8:02:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “An Taisce do not get to decide what government policy is; the Irish Government do. It is planned, and supported by the Government, to increase dairy production to 9.49 billion litres by 2027,” External link

kilkennypeople Friday, April 2, 2021 3:23:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Otherwise our hotel system will not have the capacity in terms of quarantining," "So that is an issue, because between France, Germany and Italy alone there must be 50,000 to 60,000 people at least - Irish citizens - living in those countries. If any percentage of them wants to come home for any reasons it could overwhelm the system" External link

RTERadio Friday, April 2, 2021 1:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “With all the additional ferry capacity, perhaps milk can be shipped to plants overseas rather than seeing farmers lose out?” External link

agriland Monday, March 29, 2021 5:03:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “I don’t think it would infringe on rights. Some people have raised concerns that it will force people to take vaccines, it won’t,” External link

carlow-nationalist Monday, March 22, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “I don’t think it would infringe on rights. Some people have raised concerns that it will force people to take vaccines, it won’t,” External link

waterford-news Monday, March 22, 2021 9:43:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about Joseph Biden ) : “I’ve written to An Taoiseach requesting that this issue be raised with President Biden next week. These vaccines all have a limited shelf life, and with the FDA having not authorised AstraZeneca’s use in the US, they need to be used somewhere and soon,” “The Irish Government shouldn’t be shy about asking one of our oldest allies and a US President who is incredibly proud of his Irish heritage that when a decision is made to share them with the world, that Ireland is top of the list,” External link

thejournal Saturday, March 13, 2021 2:18:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "There is a global need to vaccinate people everywhere as quickly as possible. " External link

eecho Saturday, March 13, 2021 12:17:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “The Taoiseach advocating on behalf of the Irish people, especially when it comes to saving lives is always the right thing to do,” External link

leinsterexpress Friday, March 12, 2021 11:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “I’ve written to the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health urging them to ensure that Ireland supports these proposals at European Council level. It’s a common sense approach that focused on getting vaccinations into the arms of Irish people as quickly as possible,” External link

leinsterexpress Thursday, March 11, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “The vaccine rollout is a defining moment for our country. Everything must be on the table, no opportunity should be overlooked, and no expense should be spared,” External link

leinsterexpress Saturday, February 27, 2021 11:04:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “If we are to open up, not just in the context of Ireland but the European Union itself, you have migrant workers, people moving around as economies unwind and the principal of being able to prove you have a vaccine both from the point of view of travel, seeking employment, otherwise people would be consistently required to have testing done so overall I think on balance while we are in this pandemic, while we are rolling out vaccines, it would be an improvement to have it and to have it interoperable across countries within the European Union and even further afield,” External link

carlow-nationalist Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:16:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “My support has nothing to do with restricting the rights of Irish people to go about their business in Ireland,” “The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has rightly raised the red flag about such a certificate being used to restrict access to services or facilities in Ireland. It cannot and should not be used to force anyone to get vaccinated if they chose not to” External link

thejournal Friday, February 19, 2021 1:14:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “At a European level, the completion of the Banking Union and the creation of a Single Market for Mortgages has never been more important. We must make it viable and attractive for non-Irish banks to enter the Irish market. This is the only way we can avoid increasing costs for consumers and damage to our economy,” External link

eecho Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:54:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about Commission ) : “It would be wrong for people to think that Ireland is not enforcing regulations. We have higher standards in many cases,” “For example, the space allocated to calves on Irish lorries is greater than obligated in regulations laid down by the European Commission” External link

farmersjournal Monday, February 8, 2021 12:57:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “we do need to see an extension of grace periods” External link

msn-uk Thursday, February 4, 2021 12:58:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher noted : “The fact of the matter is that there has been systemic failures and malpractice across the EU in terms of the transport of animals… The alleged breaches and the lack of enforcement are what we are meant to be investigating,” External link

agriland Tuesday, February 2, 2021 6:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher argued : “But if we are to decide to change the terms of reference here and to decide that we will make recommendations on animal transport per se, then we should go back and seek different terms of reference… That should be our purpose. The broader issues would need another enquiry, or another committee,” External link

agriland Tuesday, February 2, 2021 6:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “We’re obligated here to ensure that if there’s weakness in enforcement; If there’s weakness in protection; if there’s weakness in prosecution, that we make recommendations about that issue, and hold the authorities to account,” External link

agriland Tuesday, February 2, 2021 6:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "we have to find out definitively" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "we have to find out definitively" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:39:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "we have to find out definitively" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, January 26, 2021 3:40:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Additionally, we need to get to the bottom of contractual problems with companies the EU has entered into approval purchase agreements with; we must have full transparency. Citizens and MEPs are demanding it. All contracts should be made available immediately,” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, January 25, 2021 11:33:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “Being pro-European is about not being blind to the EU’s shortcomings,” External link

eecho Friday, January 15, 2021 12:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "this case being heard in our national language, at the heart of the European Union, is simply wonderful and momentous" "It will I believe signal a further positive shift in the status of the Irish language in the Union," External link

RTERadio Thursday, January 14, 2021 7:01:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “While a step in the right direction, CureVac hasn’t even been approved yet. Crucially, the contracts signed with Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna have not been made available yet,” “These contracts must be put into the public domain immediately” External link

carlow-nationalist Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:43:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “While a step in the right direction, CureVac hasn’t even been approved yet. Crucially, the contracts signed with Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna have not been made available yet,” “These contracts must be put into the public domain immediately” External link

waterford-news Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:03:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Commission ) : “The HSE and the Department of Health can only vaccinate the people of Ireland if they have enough vaccines. I am urging Minister Donnelly and the Taoiseach to raise these concerns at EU Council and Commission level. The people of Ireland, and indeed Europe, will not accept any unnecessary delays or failure when it comes to getting their vaccines, and neither should our government,” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, January 4, 2021 2:08:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “There are many people who will look at it in the middle ground and see whether or not, from the point of view of opportunity, it offers a proper educational system, whether there will be opportunities for their children in the years ahead, whether it would be a place to grow old, and these will be the practical issues” External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “There are many people who will look at it in the middle ground and see whether or not, from the point of view of opportunity, it offers a proper educational system, whether there will be opportunities for their children in the years ahead, whether it would be a place to grow old, and these will be the practical issues” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, December 29, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Previously, the commissioner has stated when he was a parliamentary rapporteur on this issue that he believes there should be an eight-hour maximum travel limit for live animals,” External link

agriland Monday, December 7, 2020 5:40:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Obviously, we can and must improve animal welfare standards, but that starts with implementing the existing rules, and sanctioning those who break them,” External link

agriland Monday, December 7, 2020 5:40:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Obviously, the RT-PCR testing should be used where possible. However, due to the time taken to get a result using PCR testing, there may be benefit in looking for a testing system that delivers quicker results especially in emergency or in point-of-care scenarios. There are clearly many scenarios where a rapid, antigen test could be used,” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:00:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “A critical aspect of dealing with testing, and the wider Covid 19 response, is coordination at European Union level. Cross-border movement will eventually start to return to normal. We should agree to mutually recognise test results where certain scientific and diagnostic standards are met,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “A critical aspect of dealing with testing, and the wider Covid 19 response, is coordination at European Union level. Cross-border movement will eventually start to return to normal. We should agree to mutually recognise test results where certain scientific and diagnostic standards are met,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:48:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “For years, the dogs on the street have known that Fidesz, the EPP’s member party in Hungary, were a party of bigots and ultra-nationalists. Fine Gael knows this. The EPP knows this. Yet they have done nothing other than merely suspend them,” “I would never make the leap and accuse Fine Gael of believing in the things Fidesz do. However, sometimes acquiescing, and facilitating their continued involvement at the top table of European politics, can be just as bad” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:04:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “At present, the WHO issues the Carte Jaune – Yellow Card to show that vaccinations against certain communicable diseases, such as the Yellow Fever virus, have been administered,” External link

thejournal Monday, November 16, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “At present, the WHO issues the Carte Jaune – Yellow Card to show that vaccinations against certain communicable diseases, such as the Yellow Fever virus, have been administered,” External link

thejournal Sunday, November 15, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “The Common Agricultural Policy adopted by the European Parliament today is not perfect and is far from ideal, but it’s immeasurably better and more climate-friendly than anything that has come before it,” External link

irishtimes Friday, October 23, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher explained : “Our country has the highest proportion of wetland coverage, according to the EU, at 4,000km² or 5.6% of total land area,” External link

agriland Friday, October 9, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher noted ( about Commission ) : “The European Commission’s answer is always the same. Switch to steel cartridges. What they fail to understand is the cost that would be incurred to adapt the shotguns – estimated at approximately €2,000 per gun – is very prohibitive,” External link

agriland Friday, October 9, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Ireland must look after its haulage sector” “While there is a reference to the importance of international haulage [in the plan], there is a significant lack of detail on what measures the government may employ in the event of a no-deal Brexit,” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 9, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher argued : “The differences and specificities of the Irish situation must be fully understood by other members of the committee if, and when, they seek to make recommendations,” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “As we in Europe pride ourselves on our high animal welfare standards we cannot tolerate any more accidents and incidents which place unnecessary stress and pain on animals,” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher written : “falling to people like us, normal citizens, to have to come together to cover the cost of this case, a case that should never have been taken to court in the first place?” External link

irishtimes Monday, September 7, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Her case was pivotal in underpinning the Good Friday Agreement's responsibilities with regard to citizenship in Northern Ireland. " External link

irishexaminer Monday, September 7, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Our decision making must be determined by science and by evidence,” External link

eecho Friday, September 4, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “I am appealing to the Irish Government to prepare for this possibility and ensure that if it happens, Irish fishermen will have their rights protected in their own waters,” External link

leinsterexpress Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “I am appealing to the Irish Government to prepare for this possibility and ensure that if it happens, Irish fishermen will have their rights protected in their own waters,” External link

longfordleader Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:27:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about Irish Examiner ) : “Quite rightly, Irish fisheries organisations have called into question the potential of the naval service to adequately patrol Irish waters once Brexit comes into play. Irish waters are a rich spawning ground for many species of fish. They must be rigorously protected if we're to secure future stocks and future employment for Irish fishermen,” External link

irishexaminer Friday, August 14, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about British ) : "We were passing and saw a room named after a British MEP, and we thought that maybe they'd be renaming these buildings now after Brexit, and it got us thinking," External link

irishexaminer Friday, August 14, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "When he passed, we felt it would be fitting for this political giant and icon," External link

irishexaminer Friday, August 14, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher acknowledged : “the minutae will still have to be addressed” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher argued ( about Commission ) : “At the core of this inquiry is the EU Commission’s failure to follow its own advice and carry out a full SIA before concluding the agreement with a number of South American countries,” “If the EU cannot follow its own guidelines, how can we be confident that the decision taken is in the best interests of EU citizens and of the environment?,” External link

agriland Tuesday, July 14, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "I really think that this man who devoted his entire life to fighting for Irish freedom and independence should be brought home to a free Ireland," External link

herald-ie Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:22:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “The Covid-19 crisis has really hit our local newspapers and radio stations. Many across the country have stopped printing as their print advertising has simply dried up and they can’t afford to print every week,” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Independent journalism has never been needed as much as it is today. Independent journalism costs money, and here’s a way of levelling the playing field and mitigating the distortion created by the rise of digital media,” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Commission ) : “I hope to see more requests from the Irish government to the Commission for State Aid exemptions. The Commission has committed to making decisions as quickly as possible. This request was made on March 26th and approved by March 30th. The EU is ready and willing to assist Ireland and other member states to project jobs,” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:22:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Commission ) : “I hope to see more requests from the Irish government to the Commission for State Aid exemptions. The Commission has committed to making decisions as quickly as possible. This request was made on March 26th and approved by March 30th. The EU is ready and willing to assist Ireland and other member states to project jobs,” External link

leinsterexpress Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “A key part of the delay in delivering a new CAP is down to the failure of EU member states to agree the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), which underpins the CAP budget,” External link

agriland Saturday, December 14, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Europe Group ) : “Fianna Fáil is clear that this must be the priority. I will work with my colleagues in the Renew Europe Group, and in particular, the members of the AGRI committee to ensure that the EU focuses on this core priority,” External link

agriland Saturday, December 14, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “A key part of the delay in delivering a new CAP is down to the failure of EU member states to agree the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), which underpins the CAP budget,” External link

agriland Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:20:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Europe Group ) : “Fianna Fáil is clear that this must be the priority. I will work with my colleagues in the Renew Europe Group, and in particular, the members of the AGRI committee to ensure that the EU focuses on this core priority,” External link

agriland Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:20:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Overall it shows that Fianna Fáil is still very strong in Cork North Central,” External link

eecho Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "From our perspective the Fianna Fáil vote held up well," External link

irishexaminer Saturday, November 30, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “There has been a certain amount of political unity around how we’ve handled this issue,” External link

eecho Monday, October 28, 2019 2:48:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher wrote : "Yesterday, I voted on over 140 amendments and resolutions. Included in these were votes in favour of many GUE/NGL amendments supporting their position on refugees and migrants. " External link

independent-ie Friday, October 25, 2019 2:05:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher told : "When things like this are protracted innocent parties very often suffer," External link

independent-ie Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:16:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about Phil Hogan ) : “From what I can see, knowing Phil Hogan for many years, but certainly in the context of his position in Europe, he’s well thought of,” “He’s seen as a hard worker and he’s seen as a person that is determined, so I believe that he should be able to secure a very important commissionership,” External link

agriland Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher told : “Like everything else, airports and planes and trains will be initially exciting but then can become mundane which is part of the job,” External link

thejournal Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “It’s really about getting to work in terms of getting on the committees, trying to be effective, but overall it can be a little daunting at times in terms of the logistics and the sheer scale of it,” External link

thejournal Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "I'm delighted to be elected and overall I think it has been a very strong European Parliament and Local Government election campaign for Fianna Fáil," External link

independent-ie Thursday, May 30, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “It’s not about penalising agriculture, it’s about being inventive,” External link

sciencebusiness Thursday, May 30, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "I'm delighted to be elected and overall I think it has been a very strong European Parliament and Local Government election campaign for Fianna Fáil," External link

independent-ie Thursday, May 30, 2019 2:50:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "I'm delighted to be elected and overall I think it has been a very strong European Parliament and Local Government election campaign for Fianna Fáil," External link

independent-ie Thursday, May 30, 2019 1:36:00 AM EAT



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James Brown added ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “I also used his visit as an opportunity to meet some local farmers here in Wexford,” “A farmer himself, Billy is a strong advocate at a European level for farmers across the South East and has always made himself available to meet with farmers and farming organisations” External link

independent-ie Thursday, February 24, 2022 11:45:00 AM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “I was really concerned to learn yesterday that Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fail’s only MEP in the European Parliament, has indicated that he’s going to vote against the Withdrawal Agreement,” “It demonstrates to me that Fianna Fail can’t be trusted on the issue of Brexit and also, once again, Fianna Fail is internally divided on a critical issue” External link

chesterfirst Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:27:00 PM EAT

Helen McEntee said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “This is somewhat bewildering. Billy Kelleher recently ran in the European elections for Fianna Fáil and now seems to be running from his own party’s alleged steadfast position as to ensuring that we avoid a no-deal Brexit,” External link

finegael Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:55:00 AM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “I was really concerned to learn yesterday that Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fail’s only MEP in the European Parliament, has indicated that he’s going to vote against the Withdrawal Agreement,” “It demonstrates to me that Fianna Fail can’t be trusted on the issue of Brexit and also, once again, Fianna Fail is internally divided on a critical issue” External link

wandsworthguardian Wednesday, January 15, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “I was really concerned to learn yesterday that Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fail’s only MEP in the European Parliament, has indicated that he’s going to vote against the Withdrawal Agreement,” “It demonstrates to me that Fianna Fail can’t be trusted on the issue of Brexit and also, once again, Fianna Fail is internally divided on a critical issue” External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:53:00 PM EAT

Declan Breathnach said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : "Billy Kelleher will be voting in favour of this bill" External link

dundalkdemocrat Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Helen McEntee said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “This is somewhat bewildering. Billy Kelleher recently ran in the European elections for Fianna Fáil and now seems to be running from his own party’s alleged steadfast position as to ensuring that we avoid a no-deal Brexit,” External link

finegael Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:15:00 PM EAT

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Billy Kelleher said : “There can be no toleration of anti-competitive practices in a sector that affects citizens so much. Hard-pressed families cannot afford to keep paying artificially high electricity prices to maintain ESB’s profit margins,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, May 17, 2022 4:36:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Margrethe Vestager ) : “As well as engaging with the Energy Commissioner, we will also be seeking to meet with the Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager. There can be no toleration of anti-competitive practices in a sector that affects citizens so much. Hard-pressed families cannot afford to keep paying artificially high electricity prices to maintain ESB’s profit margins,” External link

offalyindependent Wednesday, May 4, 2022 7:36:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “There comes a point when business needs must give way to a company’s moral obligations” External link

agriland Monday, April 4, 2022 7:18:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “This weekend, mass graves were unearthed and Ukrainian citizens were slaughtered by Russian operatives,” External link

agriland Sunday, April 3, 2022 9:50:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Maintaining their operations in Russia is providing legitimacy to Putin’s regime, and their presence supports the Russian administration and their economic activity in the country is supporting the illegal war in Ukraine” External link

agriland Sunday, April 3, 2022 9:50:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “We cannot stick our heads in the sand and hope for the best. We must wean ourselves of Russian gas in the short term and off most gas in the medium term. There is an opportunity now for Ireland to help achieve both outcomes,” External link

independent-ie Friday, March 25, 2022 9:35:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “The reason I did was because I looked at it primarily from a political viewpoint and also from a scientific viewpoint and I tried to marry the two of them to make decision,” “Scientifically, you could certainly argue that to get to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible, the more nuclear energy we have, the less dependent we are on gas, or coal or oil” External link

thejournal Friday, March 18, 2022 11:36:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “We’re already purchasing nuclear power generated electricity from the UK. We’re already using it, it’s just that we don’t have a nuclear generation station in Ireland. At the moment, with the size of our country – the demand versus the size and the cost of it – it wouldn’t justify it, but we are going to be in the European grid,” External link

thejournal Friday, March 18, 2022 11:36:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Ireland will have to play its part in providing accommodation and lots of it" External link

RTERadio Monday, March 7, 2022 1:58:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "It was very sobering and very emotional to be truthful to see thousands and thousands of people carrying bags, carrying children, walking down roads heading to the Polish border, it was difficult to watch" External link

irishexaminer Monday, March 7, 2022 1:46:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "We met with the mayor, we met with the governor - it's a region about 100 miles from the Polish border - and then we also met with some Ukrainian parliamentarians. " External link

irishexaminer Monday, March 7, 2022 1:46:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about Vladimir Putin ) : “I strongly believe it is time the entire European Union showed the door to the ambassadors that are standing over Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of a peaceful, sovereign, independent country, and who are his mouthpieces, and I fervently believe they should be sent packing back to Moscow” External link

eecho Saturday, February 26, 2022 1:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher told : “Otherwise, we will end up in a few years’ time taking a deep breath and telling farmers that they’ll have to curtail the number of animals on farms,” External link

agriland Friday, February 25, 2022 3:44:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “While they still need to go through the legislative process, with the European Parliament and the European Council having their say, I am worried that Ireland’s particular circumstances and the impacts on farmers – especially small farmers – has not been taken into account,” “This proposal is aimed at agricultural land. However, Ireland has some of the largest concentration of peatland in the EU, and Bord na Móna has already committed to rewetting 35,000ha of bog. This needs to be included in Ireland’s totals I believe” External link

agriland Thursday, February 24, 2022 10:27:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “As Russia would be the aggressor, it’s fair to assume that such a resolution may be a long time coming,” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, February 23, 2022 7:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Now that this final hurdle has been overcome, I would urge Glanbia to move on with their plans as quickly as possible. Thousands of dairy farmers across Munster and South Leinster are ready and waiting to provide top quality Irish milk and to support the creation of a significant number of well-paying local jobs,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 17, 2022 2:57:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “national intervention in every member state” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, February 16, 2022 11:45:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “While this will require working with staff and unions to agree protocols and procedures, it is very much worth it, and I believe it should happen as soon as possible,” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, February 16, 2022 11:45:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher argued : “I think the French are very much opposed to [the deal], and I don’t believe that it is going to make significant progress through the democratic process and the parliamentary process during the French presidency,” External link

agriland Monday, January 24, 2022 7:48:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “The French will be very much looking to renegotiate or reorientate the whole Mercosur Trade Agreement” External link

agriland Monday, January 24, 2022 7:48:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “We are one step closer to getting rid of the impracticable and damaging proposals on pregnant and unweaned animals from the ANIT recommendation” External link

agriland Friday, January 14, 2022 7:47:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “While the support of every MEP in each of our three groups is not guaranteed, it is a positive sign that groups representing a majority in the parliament have agreed to re-table these sensible yet pro-animal welfare amendments,” External link

agriland Friday, January 14, 2022 7:47:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Between now and then, I will work to convince more MEPs, especially Irish colleagues, to vote for proposals that improve standards and allow the industry to continue. No Irish MEP should be voting to keep the extreme proposals that I am opposing in the final set of recommendations,” External link

agriland Friday, January 14, 2022 7:47:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “During plenary week, I will seek to build a majority in Parliament that is both pro-animal welfare but also pro-rural communities. From the very beginning of this debate, I have repeatedly said that both positions can exist at the same time,” External link

kilkennypeople Wednesday, January 12, 2022 6:09:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “When this issue comes up for debate next month at the full plenary session of the Parliament, I will table alternative proposals,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, December 7, 2021 10:53:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “Throughout this process, I advocated and supported compromise positions that reflected the need to increase animal welfare standards during transport and the need to protect livelihoods in rural communities” External link

waterford-news Saturday, December 4, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “When this issue comes up for debate next month at the full plenary session of the Parliament, I will table alternative proposals which reflect my belief that it is possible to transport live animals and maintain their wellbeing. I do not believe it is an either-or scenario,” External link

independent-ie Friday, December 3, 2021 12:53:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher argued : “Quite simply, if adopted by the full parliament and taken on-board by the commission when drawing up the new regulation, it would sound a death knell for thousands of jobs in rural Ireland,” External link

agriland Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:47:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher stated ( about An Bord Pleanala ) : “I believe An Taisce, while they have an entitlement and a right to do so, that they’re actually using the planning process to make political points and to try and rewrite policy and I don’t believe that that’s how the planning process should be used or even abused” External link

waterford-news Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher replied : “The Government did publish legislation with regard to critical infrastructures but when you have a Constitution, when you have the entitlement to seek redress to go to court, then that pathway is always available. So there also has to be a streamlined court process as well that can assess these matters in a timely manner; otherwise, we will end up with all of these critical infrastructure projects that are there to benefit the public good, to help reduce our carbon footprint and gas emissions and also producing more environmentally sustainable electricity, yet they are being delayed for extended periods. This is an area that we just have to get right” External link

waterford-news Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “And this is happening in many other areas, not just in electricity generation through wind and solar (energy) but even offshore as well; it seems to be a very lethargic approach to getting these projects from conception to completion. And then you look at the most recent case of investors not staying the course (the withdrawal of Norwegian company Equinor from a partnership with ESB from a project off the West Clare coast) in terms of off-shore wind energy as well” External link

waterford-news Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “As the sole Irish voice in these negotiations, and as a representative of an exporting island nation, I will defend the right of Irish exporters to transport animals, weaned and unweaned, to mainland Europe” External link

agriland Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:28:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “The next number of weeks will be crucial in terms of negotiations. I will be fighting to protect the interests of Irish farmers and exporters and to promote the highest possible animal transport standards. I firmly believe it’s possible to do both,” External link

agriland Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:28:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Glanbia must find a way to ensure farmers do not lose out,” External link

agriland Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:12:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Every resource of the State, and if necessary, private support, must be deployed to make it happen on time,” External link

kilkennypeople Sunday, May 9, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Ultimately, we need to enable citizens to make an informed choice when it comes to taking a vaccine,” External link

kilkennypeople Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:53:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Ultimately, we need to enable citizens to make an informed choice when it comes to taking a vaccine,” External link

offalyexpress Wednesday, April 28, 2021 6:03:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Ultimately, we need to enable citizens to make an informed choice when it comes to taking a vaccine,” External link

leinsterexpress Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:52:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “I would urge the Government to look favourably on their proposals,” External link

eecho Sunday, April 11, 2021 5:43:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Otherwise our hotel system will not have the capacity in terms of quarantining," "So that is an issue, because between France, Germany and Italy alone, there must be 50,000 to 60,000 people at least – Irish citizens – living in those countries. If any percentage of them wants to come home for any reasons it could overwhelm the system" External link

irishexaminer Friday, April 2, 2021 10:43:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Otherwise our hotel system will not have the capacity in terms of quarantining," "So that is an issue, because between France, Germany and Italy alone there must be 50,000 to 60,000 people at least - Irish citizens - living in those countries. If any percentage of them wants to come home for any reasons it could overwhelm the system" External link

RTERadio Friday, April 2, 2021 10:05:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Otherwise our hotel system will not have the capacity in terms of quarantining," "So that is an issue, because between France, Germany and Italy alone there must be 50,000 to 60,000 people at least - Irish citizens - living in those countries. If any percentage of them wants to come home for any reasons it could overwhelm the system" External link

RTERadio Friday, April 2, 2021 8:02:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “An Taisce do not get to decide what government policy is; the Irish Government do. It is planned, and supported by the Government, to increase dairy production to 9.49 billion litres by 2027,” External link

kilkennypeople Friday, April 2, 2021 3:23:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Otherwise our hotel system will not have the capacity in terms of quarantining," "So that is an issue, because between France, Germany and Italy alone there must be 50,000 to 60,000 people at least - Irish citizens - living in those countries. If any percentage of them wants to come home for any reasons it could overwhelm the system" External link

RTERadio Friday, April 2, 2021 1:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “With all the additional ferry capacity, perhaps milk can be shipped to plants overseas rather than seeing farmers lose out?” External link

agriland Monday, March 29, 2021 5:03:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “I don’t think it would infringe on rights. Some people have raised concerns that it will force people to take vaccines, it won’t,” External link

carlow-nationalist Monday, March 22, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “I don’t think it would infringe on rights. Some people have raised concerns that it will force people to take vaccines, it won’t,” External link

waterford-news Monday, March 22, 2021 9:43:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about Joseph Biden ) : “I’ve written to An Taoiseach requesting that this issue be raised with President Biden next week. These vaccines all have a limited shelf life, and with the FDA having not authorised AstraZeneca’s use in the US, they need to be used somewhere and soon,” “The Irish Government shouldn’t be shy about asking one of our oldest allies and a US President who is incredibly proud of his Irish heritage that when a decision is made to share them with the world, that Ireland is top of the list,” External link

thejournal Saturday, March 13, 2021 2:18:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "There is a global need to vaccinate people everywhere as quickly as possible. " External link

eecho Saturday, March 13, 2021 12:17:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “The Taoiseach advocating on behalf of the Irish people, especially when it comes to saving lives is always the right thing to do,” External link

leinsterexpress Friday, March 12, 2021 11:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “I’ve written to the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health urging them to ensure that Ireland supports these proposals at European Council level. It’s a common sense approach that focused on getting vaccinations into the arms of Irish people as quickly as possible,” External link

leinsterexpress Thursday, March 11, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “The vaccine rollout is a defining moment for our country. Everything must be on the table, no opportunity should be overlooked, and no expense should be spared,” External link

leinsterexpress Saturday, February 27, 2021 11:04:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “If we are to open up, not just in the context of Ireland but the European Union itself, you have migrant workers, people moving around as economies unwind and the principal of being able to prove you have a vaccine both from the point of view of travel, seeking employment, otherwise people would be consistently required to have testing done so overall I think on balance while we are in this pandemic, while we are rolling out vaccines, it would be an improvement to have it and to have it interoperable across countries within the European Union and even further afield,” External link

carlow-nationalist Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:16:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “My support has nothing to do with restricting the rights of Irish people to go about their business in Ireland,” “The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has rightly raised the red flag about such a certificate being used to restrict access to services or facilities in Ireland. It cannot and should not be used to force anyone to get vaccinated if they chose not to” External link

thejournal Friday, February 19, 2021 1:14:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “At a European level, the completion of the Banking Union and the creation of a Single Market for Mortgages has never been more important. We must make it viable and attractive for non-Irish banks to enter the Irish market. This is the only way we can avoid increasing costs for consumers and damage to our economy,” External link

eecho Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:54:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about Commission ) : “It would be wrong for people to think that Ireland is not enforcing regulations. We have higher standards in many cases,” “For example, the space allocated to calves on Irish lorries is greater than obligated in regulations laid down by the European Commission” External link

farmersjournal Monday, February 8, 2021 12:57:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “we do need to see an extension of grace periods” External link

msn-uk Thursday, February 4, 2021 12:58:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher noted : “The fact of the matter is that there has been systemic failures and malpractice across the EU in terms of the transport of animals… The alleged breaches and the lack of enforcement are what we are meant to be investigating,” External link

agriland Tuesday, February 2, 2021 6:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher argued : “But if we are to decide to change the terms of reference here and to decide that we will make recommendations on animal transport per se, then we should go back and seek different terms of reference… That should be our purpose. The broader issues would need another enquiry, or another committee,” External link

agriland Tuesday, February 2, 2021 6:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “We’re obligated here to ensure that if there’s weakness in enforcement; If there’s weakness in protection; if there’s weakness in prosecution, that we make recommendations about that issue, and hold the authorities to account,” External link

agriland Tuesday, February 2, 2021 6:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "we have to find out definitively" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "we have to find out definitively" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:39:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "we have to find out definitively" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, January 26, 2021 3:40:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Additionally, we need to get to the bottom of contractual problems with companies the EU has entered into approval purchase agreements with; we must have full transparency. Citizens and MEPs are demanding it. All contracts should be made available immediately,” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, January 25, 2021 11:33:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “Being pro-European is about not being blind to the EU’s shortcomings,” External link

eecho Friday, January 15, 2021 12:51:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "this case being heard in our national language, at the heart of the European Union, is simply wonderful and momentous" "It will I believe signal a further positive shift in the status of the Irish language in the Union," External link

RTERadio Thursday, January 14, 2021 7:01:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “While a step in the right direction, CureVac hasn’t even been approved yet. Crucially, the contracts signed with Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna have not been made available yet,” “These contracts must be put into the public domain immediately” External link

carlow-nationalist Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:43:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher added : “While a step in the right direction, CureVac hasn’t even been approved yet. Crucially, the contracts signed with Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna have not been made available yet,” “These contracts must be put into the public domain immediately” External link

waterford-news Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:03:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Commission ) : “The HSE and the Department of Health can only vaccinate the people of Ireland if they have enough vaccines. I am urging Minister Donnelly and the Taoiseach to raise these concerns at EU Council and Commission level. The people of Ireland, and indeed Europe, will not accept any unnecessary delays or failure when it comes to getting their vaccines, and neither should our government,” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, January 4, 2021 2:08:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “There are many people who will look at it in the middle ground and see whether or not, from the point of view of opportunity, it offers a proper educational system, whether there will be opportunities for their children in the years ahead, whether it would be a place to grow old, and these will be the practical issues” External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “There are many people who will look at it in the middle ground and see whether or not, from the point of view of opportunity, it offers a proper educational system, whether there will be opportunities for their children in the years ahead, whether it would be a place to grow old, and these will be the practical issues” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, December 29, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Previously, the commissioner has stated when he was a parliamentary rapporteur on this issue that he believes there should be an eight-hour maximum travel limit for live animals,” External link

agriland Monday, December 7, 2020 5:40:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Obviously, we can and must improve animal welfare standards, but that starts with implementing the existing rules, and sanctioning those who break them,” External link

agriland Monday, December 7, 2020 5:40:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Obviously, the RT-PCR testing should be used where possible. However, due to the time taken to get a result using PCR testing, there may be benefit in looking for a testing system that delivers quicker results especially in emergency or in point-of-care scenarios. There are clearly many scenarios where a rapid, antigen test could be used,” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:00:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “A critical aspect of dealing with testing, and the wider Covid 19 response, is coordination at European Union level. Cross-border movement will eventually start to return to normal. We should agree to mutually recognise test results where certain scientific and diagnostic standards are met,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “A critical aspect of dealing with testing, and the wider Covid 19 response, is coordination at European Union level. Cross-border movement will eventually start to return to normal. We should agree to mutually recognise test results where certain scientific and diagnostic standards are met,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:48:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “For years, the dogs on the street have known that Fidesz, the EPP’s member party in Hungary, were a party of bigots and ultra-nationalists. Fine Gael knows this. The EPP knows this. Yet they have done nothing other than merely suspend them,” “I would never make the leap and accuse Fine Gael of believing in the things Fidesz do. However, sometimes acquiescing, and facilitating their continued involvement at the top table of European politics, can be just as bad” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:04:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “At present, the WHO issues the Carte Jaune – Yellow Card to show that vaccinations against certain communicable diseases, such as the Yellow Fever virus, have been administered,” External link

thejournal Monday, November 16, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “At present, the WHO issues the Carte Jaune – Yellow Card to show that vaccinations against certain communicable diseases, such as the Yellow Fever virus, have been administered,” External link

thejournal Sunday, November 15, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “The Common Agricultural Policy adopted by the European Parliament today is not perfect and is far from ideal, but it’s immeasurably better and more climate-friendly than anything that has come before it,” External link

irishtimes Friday, October 23, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher explained : “Our country has the highest proportion of wetland coverage, according to the EU, at 4,000km² or 5.6% of total land area,” External link

agriland Friday, October 9, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher noted ( about Commission ) : “The European Commission’s answer is always the same. Switch to steel cartridges. What they fail to understand is the cost that would be incurred to adapt the shotguns – estimated at approximately €2,000 per gun – is very prohibitive,” External link

agriland Friday, October 9, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Ireland must look after its haulage sector” “While there is a reference to the importance of international haulage [in the plan], there is a significant lack of detail on what measures the government may employ in the event of a no-deal Brexit,” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 9, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher argued : “The differences and specificities of the Irish situation must be fully understood by other members of the committee if, and when, they seek to make recommendations,” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “As we in Europe pride ourselves on our high animal welfare standards we cannot tolerate any more accidents and incidents which place unnecessary stress and pain on animals,” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher written : “falling to people like us, normal citizens, to have to come together to cover the cost of this case, a case that should never have been taken to court in the first place?” External link

irishtimes Monday, September 7, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "Her case was pivotal in underpinning the Good Friday Agreement's responsibilities with regard to citizenship in Northern Ireland. " External link

irishexaminer Monday, September 7, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Our decision making must be determined by science and by evidence,” External link

eecho Friday, September 4, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “I am appealing to the Irish Government to prepare for this possibility and ensure that if it happens, Irish fishermen will have their rights protected in their own waters,” External link

leinsterexpress Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “I am appealing to the Irish Government to prepare for this possibility and ensure that if it happens, Irish fishermen will have their rights protected in their own waters,” External link

longfordleader Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:27:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about Irish Examiner ) : “Quite rightly, Irish fisheries organisations have called into question the potential of the naval service to adequately patrol Irish waters once Brexit comes into play. Irish waters are a rich spawning ground for many species of fish. They must be rigorously protected if we're to secure future stocks and future employment for Irish fishermen,” External link

irishexaminer Friday, August 14, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about British ) : "We were passing and saw a room named after a British MEP, and we thought that maybe they'd be renaming these buildings now after Brexit, and it got us thinking," External link

irishexaminer Friday, August 14, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "When he passed, we felt it would be fitting for this political giant and icon," External link

irishexaminer Friday, August 14, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher acknowledged : “the minutae will still have to be addressed” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher argued ( about Commission ) : “At the core of this inquiry is the EU Commission’s failure to follow its own advice and carry out a full SIA before concluding the agreement with a number of South American countries,” “If the EU cannot follow its own guidelines, how can we be confident that the decision taken is in the best interests of EU citizens and of the environment?,” External link

agriland Tuesday, July 14, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "I really think that this man who devoted his entire life to fighting for Irish freedom and independence should be brought home to a free Ireland," External link

herald-ie Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:22:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “The Covid-19 crisis has really hit our local newspapers and radio stations. Many across the country have stopped printing as their print advertising has simply dried up and they can’t afford to print every week,” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “Independent journalism has never been needed as much as it is today. Independent journalism costs money, and here’s a way of levelling the playing field and mitigating the distortion created by the rise of digital media,” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Commission ) : “I hope to see more requests from the Irish government to the Commission for State Aid exemptions. The Commission has committed to making decisions as quickly as possible. This request was made on March 26th and approved by March 30th. The EU is ready and willing to assist Ireland and other member states to project jobs,” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:22:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Commission ) : “I hope to see more requests from the Irish government to the Commission for State Aid exemptions. The Commission has committed to making decisions as quickly as possible. This request was made on March 26th and approved by March 30th. The EU is ready and willing to assist Ireland and other member states to project jobs,” External link

leinsterexpress Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “A key part of the delay in delivering a new CAP is down to the failure of EU member states to agree the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), which underpins the CAP budget,” External link

agriland Saturday, December 14, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Europe Group ) : “Fianna Fáil is clear that this must be the priority. I will work with my colleagues in the Renew Europe Group, and in particular, the members of the AGRI committee to ensure that the EU focuses on this core priority,” External link

agriland Saturday, December 14, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “A key part of the delay in delivering a new CAP is down to the failure of EU member states to agree the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), which underpins the CAP budget,” External link

agriland Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:20:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded ( about Europe Group ) : “Fianna Fáil is clear that this must be the priority. I will work with my colleagues in the Renew Europe Group, and in particular, the members of the AGRI committee to ensure that the EU focuses on this core priority,” External link

agriland Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:20:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher concluded : “Overall it shows that Fianna Fáil is still very strong in Cork North Central,” External link

eecho Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "From our perspective the Fianna Fáil vote held up well," External link

irishexaminer Saturday, November 30, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “There has been a certain amount of political unity around how we’ve handled this issue,” External link

eecho Monday, October 28, 2019 2:48:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher wrote : "Yesterday, I voted on over 140 amendments and resolutions. Included in these were votes in favour of many GUE/NGL amendments supporting their position on refugees and migrants. " External link

independent-ie Friday, October 25, 2019 2:05:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher told : "When things like this are protracted innocent parties very often suffer," External link

independent-ie Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:16:00 AM EAT

Billy Kelleher said ( about Phil Hogan ) : “From what I can see, knowing Phil Hogan for many years, but certainly in the context of his position in Europe, he’s well thought of,” “He’s seen as a hard worker and he’s seen as a person that is determined, so I believe that he should be able to secure a very important commissionership,” External link

agriland Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher told : “Like everything else, airports and planes and trains will be initially exciting but then can become mundane which is part of the job,” External link

thejournal Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “It’s really about getting to work in terms of getting on the committees, trying to be effective, but overall it can be a little daunting at times in terms of the logistics and the sheer scale of it,” External link

thejournal Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "I'm delighted to be elected and overall I think it has been a very strong European Parliament and Local Government election campaign for Fianna Fáil," External link

independent-ie Thursday, May 30, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : “It’s not about penalising agriculture, it’s about being inventive,” External link

sciencebusiness Thursday, May 30, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "I'm delighted to be elected and overall I think it has been a very strong European Parliament and Local Government election campaign for Fianna Fáil," External link

independent-ie Thursday, May 30, 2019 2:50:00 PM EAT

Billy Kelleher said : "I'm delighted to be elected and overall I think it has been a very strong European Parliament and Local Government election campaign for Fianna Fáil," External link

independent-ie Thursday, May 30, 2019 1:36:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
health spokesman36.25%EN11/15/201715/11/2017
spokesman12.19%EN11/15/201715/11/2017
health spokesperson26.56%EN11/10/201710/11/2017
spokesperson16.56%EN11/10/201710/11/2017
member0.62%EN10/18/201718/10/2017
committee member0.62%EN10/18/201718/10/2017
deputy1.25%EN10/06/201706/10/2017
spokesperson for health2.19%EN04/21/201721/04/2017
minister1.88%EN10/17/201617/10/2016
health deputy0.31%EN10/06/201606/10/2016
health spokesperson1.56%SA09/06/201406/09/2014
Names Lang Count
Billy KelleherEN73.47%
Billy KelleherFR13.15%
Billy KelleherPT13.15%
Billy KelleherSA0.23%


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James Brown added ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “I also used his visit as an opportunity to meet some local farmers here in Wexford,” “A farmer himself, Billy is a strong advocate at a European level for farmers across the South East and has always made himself available to meet with farmers and farming organisations” External link

independent-ie Thursday, February 24, 2022 11:45:00 AM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “I was really concerned to learn yesterday that Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fail’s only MEP in the European Parliament, has indicated that he’s going to vote against the Withdrawal Agreement,” “It demonstrates to me that Fianna Fail can’t be trusted on the issue of Brexit and also, once again, Fianna Fail is internally divided on a critical issue” External link

chesterfirst Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:27:00 PM EAT

Helen McEntee said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “This is somewhat bewildering. Billy Kelleher recently ran in the European elections for Fianna Fáil and now seems to be running from his own party’s alleged steadfast position as to ensuring that we avoid a no-deal Brexit,” External link

finegael Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:55:00 AM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “I was really concerned to learn yesterday that Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fail’s only MEP in the European Parliament, has indicated that he’s going to vote against the Withdrawal Agreement,” “It demonstrates to me that Fianna Fail can’t be trusted on the issue of Brexit and also, once again, Fianna Fail is internally divided on a critical issue” External link

wandsworthguardian Wednesday, January 15, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “I was really concerned to learn yesterday that Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fail’s only MEP in the European Parliament, has indicated that he’s going to vote against the Withdrawal Agreement,” “It demonstrates to me that Fianna Fail can’t be trusted on the issue of Brexit and also, once again, Fianna Fail is internally divided on a critical issue” External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:53:00 PM EAT

Declan Breathnach said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : "Billy Kelleher will be voting in favour of this bill" External link

dundalkdemocrat Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Helen McEntee said ( about Billy Kelleher ) : “This is somewhat bewildering. Billy Kelleher recently ran in the European elections for Fianna Fáil and now seems to be running from his own party’s alleged steadfast position as to ensuring that we avoid a no-deal Brexit,” External link

finegael Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:15:00 PM EAT