Irish MEPs on Data Retention

So, the bad news — it appears that the European Parliament has passed the ‘Data Retention’ Directive, introducing requiring EU states to introduce mandatory electronic surveillance of all European citizens. has looked up how the Irish MEPs voted on the Directive. I was appalled to discover that Proinsias De Rossa (Labour) was the only Irish MEP to vote for this surveillance.

I generally give a high preference to Labour when voting, and before that, Democratic Left, and I’ve voted for him several times in the past. However, I think this may be the deal-breaker. I’m extremely disappointed.

By the way if party line was the issue — that didn’t stop Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael), who broke party line on this, saying:

I do not know why this proposal was rushed. The extremely accelerated legislation procedure has meant that there was little time for discussion, and translations were sometimes unavailable. There was also no time for a technology assessment or for a study on the impact on the internal market.

Major credit to him.

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  1. ben
    Posted December 15, 2005 at 22:40 | Permalink

    It was Democratic Left.

    Interestingly, did you know that the DL-Labour merger meant that every political party in Ireland (Republic) politics is now organically related, except the Greens?

  2. Posted December 15, 2005 at 22:48 | Permalink

    duh. more coffee required! fixed…

  3. Posted December 19, 2005 at 17:20 | Permalink

    You can now read Mr. De Rossa’s statement explaining his vote on the tuppenceworth blog

  4. Posted January 4, 2006 at 00:54 | Permalink

    that’s here, btw.

    Can’t say I’m too happy with it. I mean, ‘Including data about location at the beginning of calls in order to prevent the profiling of people’s movements’ — recording location at call starts provides plenty of profile data, that’s a total red herring.

  5. barch
    Posted January 26, 2009 at 13:06 | Permalink

    hi Justin, i wanted to ask if there’s a database where we can see all MEPs votes on different issues? barch