Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP, has said she is honoured to have been elected Vice President of the European Parliament today (Tuesday) by members of the Parliament on the first ballot with 441 votes (absolute majority 359 votes). The Ireland Midlands North West MEP was the second MEP to be elected.
“It’s a great honour for me personally as well as for my party and indeed for Ireland, particularly the constituency of Midlands North West, that members of the Parliament should express such confidence in my abilities.
“I take the responsibilities of the role very seriously and I will be working extremely hard to ensure that the work of the Parliament is fair, efficient and above all, cognisant of, and responsive to, the needs of European citizens.”
Ms McGuinness also said that an important aspect of the role is the opportunity it affords of communicating with her colleagues on a day-to-day basis. “This places me in a unique position to communicate with, inform and influence, as appropriate, my European colleagues on key issues of interest to Ireland.”