Proinsias De Rossa (Lab- ESP)- For
Mary Lou McDonald (SF- GUE/NLG)- Against
Gay Mitchell (FG-EPP)- Against
Eoin Ryan (FF-UEN)- Abstained
Liam Aylward (FF-UEN)- Abstained
Avril Doyle (FG-EPP)- Abstained
Mairead McGuinness (FG-EPP)- Abstained
Simon Coveney (FG-EPP)- Abstained
Brian Crowley (FF-UEN)- Abstained
Kathy Sinnot (Ind-IDG)- Not Present
Marian Harkin (Ind-ALDE)- Against
Jim Higgins (FF-UEN)- Abstained
Sean O’ Neachtain (FF-UEN)- Not Present
So there you go. Labour’s MEP Proinsias De Rossa votes to bring in mass surveillance of internet usage, and to make challenges to our current law more complicated.
Gay Mitchell voted against it, correctly breaking with the EPP grouping’s party line.
Mary Lou McDonald also voted against, following her grouping’s party line.
Marian Harkin voted against and her grouping of Liberals was split, so credit to her for making the right decision.
And then everyone else had no opinion on the introduction of mass surveillance of their constituents. An abstention is better than a vote in favour, I suppose.
FF were clearly not willing to vote either way, as the government is in favour of the idea behind the directive, but has said it will sue over the method of bringing the law in.
I was particularly surprised at Mairead McGuinness’ vote, given the very helpful, friendly and intelligent discussions she had with me in the days leading up to the vote.
But there you are. Votes are what count. The Pro-Directive side won out in the end by 378 to 197 with 30 abstentions.
Those are the votes of the Brussels jury.