Mairead McGuineess

  • Fine Gael MEP for this region, Mairead McGuinness  has warned voters to 'be careful of our democracy' and how we vote, following a recent visit to Auschwitz.

    She was addressing a campaign rally in Virginia in Cavan last night, which was also attended by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

    She's said people should vote in a way that is 'best for our country and our communities'.

    Following the event, she clarified that she wasn't talking about any political party but about safeguarding democracy.

    She told Fine Gael supporters that she went to Auschwitz for the recent commemorations.

  • A first-time candidate in the upcoming European elections has hit out at her Fine Gael colleague for "encroaching onto her side" of the Midlands-Northwest constituency.

    In today's Sunday Independent, former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh is critical of sitting MEP Mairead McGuinness and has accused Ms McGuinness of straying into her designated electoral area.

    Ms Walsh says it's disappointing that her party colleague is not sticking to her side of the constituency, as they're both trying to win seats for the party.

    She says the Fine Gael strategy was for her to focus on the West and Northwest of the constituency, while Ms McGuinness was to canvass the east.

    However, shortly before the boundary lines were officially issued, Mairead McGuinness is understood to have spoken in Maria Walsh's former secondary school - Presentation College, Headford.

    Sources for Ms McGuinness said she was invited to the Headford school long before Ms Walsh was announced as a candidate.

    Mairead McGuinness told the Sunday Independent that she fully supports and is abiding by the party's decision to split the constituency between the two candidates, and the focus of her canvass is exclusively on the counties allocated to her.

    The sitting MEP said the aim is to win two seats for the party in the large-13 county constituency.

    The two FG candidates are among 17 candidates seeking election to four seats in the Midlands-Northwest constituency.

  • FINE GAEL has selected two candidates – Mairead McGuinness and Maria Walsh - for the European Elections in the Midlands North-West constituency.

    Mairead McGuinness. First Vice President of the European Parliament and sitting MEP, and Maria Walsh, businesswoman and former Rose of Tralee, were selected by Fine Gael members at the constituency selection convention in Mullingar tonight.

    Mrs McGuinness said, “It’s a great honour to have the trust and confidence of party members. I am looking forward to working hard with Maria to achieve two seats for Fine Gael in this constituency.”

    She said while on the immediate horizon every effort is being made to avoid a no deal Brexit, the make-up of the next European Parliament is going to be critical.

    Speaking after her nomination, Maria Walsh said, “I firmly believe I am one of the many young people who represent the face of the New Ireland, one which is diverse and tolerant but continues to embrace the traditional values of love of family and community.

    The Midlands North-West constituency is made up of CavanDonegalGalwayKildareLeitrimLongfordLouthMayoMeathMonaghan
    RoscommonSligo and Westmeath.