Mairead ap­pointed new vice pres­i­dent

THE ARDEE BORN MEP STORMED TO VIC­TORY IN EU PAR­LIA­MENT VOTE

The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN Mairead McGuin­ness MEP.

LOUTH na­tive Mairead McGuin­ness MEP has been elected First Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

The Ardee born MEP topped the poll with a mas­sive 466 votes in the first count, well ahead of the ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity of 310 votes re­quired and some 88 votes ahead of the next elected Vice Pres­i­dent.

Speak­ing af­ter the votes came through in the EU par­lia­ment in Stras­bourg, Ms.McGuin­ness said:

‘I am hon­oured to have been re-elected as Vice-Pres­i­dent of Par­lia­ment and as First Vice-Pres­i­dent in par­tic­u­lar with such strong sup­port from across the House, re­flect­ing my work as a fair and firm Vice-Pres­i­dent.’

‘I am de­lighted with the re­sult. 466 votes is im­pres­sive - rep­re­sent­ing 75 per­cent of the valid poll of MEPs.

I will con­tinue to be a strong voice for Euro­pean cit­i­zens, for Ireland and my con­stituency of Mid­lands-North-West”, As First Vice-Pres­i­dent, McGuin­ness will now re­place the Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in first in­stance should he be ab­sent or un­able to dis­charge his du­ties, in­clud­ing chair­ing ple­nary sit­tings or rep­re­sent­ing Par­lia­ment at spe­cific cer­e­monies.

‘ The com­ing two and a half years will be de­mand­ing and chal­leng­ing and I wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to shape the fu­ture of the EU as the first Vice-Pres­i­dent of Par­lia­ment.’

McGuin­ness will also hold sev­eral high-level re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a mem­ber of the Bu­reau, the body re­spon­si­ble for all ad­min­is­tra­tive, staff and or­gan­i­sa­tional mat­ters of the Par­lia­ment.

‘ There are chal­leng­ing times for the EU ahead of Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions. It will be a par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing time for Ireland and our best in­ter­ests are served by a united EU27 ne­go­ti­at­ing a deal on Brexit which ad­dresses the many chal­lenges fac­ing us and the EU.

In that con­text is very im­por­tant that Ireland has strong vis­i­bil­ity in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

The EU also faces many other chal­lenges in­clud­ing mi­gra­tion and se­cu­rity.”’

An MEP since 2004 and Vice-Pres­i­dent since 2014, McGuin­ness over­sees the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s In­for­ma­tion Pol­icy, Press and Re­la­tions with Cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing the Par­lia­ment’s in­for­ma­tion of­fices across the Mem­ber States.

She has re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Par­lia­ment’s sci­en­tific re­search body - STOA, which aims to bridge the gap be­tween the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity and pol­icy-mak­ers.

McGuin­ness also serves as the Par­lia­ment’s Chil­dren’s Rights me­di­a­tor in cases of in­ter­na­tional ab­duc­tion.

She is an ac­tive mem­ber of the Par­lia­ment’s Agri­cul­ture & Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee and the En­vi­ron­ment, Pub­lic Health and Food Safety Com­mit­tee.

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