European Parliament

  • Co Mayo could benefit from an increase of over €70 million in single-farm payments between now and 2026, if the European Parliament passes an amendment, which was adopted recently by the AGRI committee.

    The amendment, tabled by Midlands-Northwest MEP Luke Ming Flanagan, calls for 100% convergence of payments, as opposed to the 75% convergence proposed by the Commission, which means all farmers would be paid the same per hectare.

    Luke Flanagan's amendment passed by 23 votes to 21 recently, and he says Mayo is the county that stands to benefit the most, if this gets through Parliament.

  • Efforts are underway to ensure the development of small ports in remote areas of the Irish islands.

    Amendments have been passed by the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee to give coastal communities special protection.

    It would also equip fishing boats to improve the health and safety of crew members.

    Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada says there'll be other benefits if funding goes ahead

  • The Green Party's selected Saoirse McHugh to contest the upcoming European Parliament elections in the Midlands-North-West constituency.

    The 28 year old from Achill Island in County Mayo is an environmentalist and  has worked on various agricultural projects throughout Central America and with the Irish Seed Savers Association in Co. Clare.

    Party leader Eamon Ryan says she will make an impressive advocate for the kind of future planning the people of Midlands-North-West need to be part of, at a European level.


  • Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness has been re-elected First Vice-President of the European Parliament.

    The Fine Gael MEP secured over 93% of the votes in the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday evening.

    Mairead McGuinness, who topped the poll in the Midlands-Northwest constituency in the May elections, told Midwest News she was says honoured to be re-elected as First Vice-President of the Parliament, and delighted to receive the support of 93% of the Parliament.