Mairead McGuinness

  • Mairead McGuinness is the first Irish MEP to be elected to the European Parliament after voting on Friday.

    The Fine Gael MEP was returned after she topped the poll in the 4 seater Midlands North West constituency.

    Ms McGuinness was returned with 134,630 first preference votes – 15,644 votes over the quota of 118,986.

    In second place following the first count is sitting Independent MEP Luke Ming Flanagan, with 85,034; Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy is on 77,619; Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh stands on 64,500, Peter Casey on 56,650; Saoirse McHugh is on 51,019; Brendan Smith of Fianna Fail is on 42,814 and his party colleague Anne Rabbitte is on 30,220. There is a gap of almost 15,000 then to the next best placed candidate – Independent Fidelma Healy Eames on 15,991; Dominic Hannigan of Labour is on 12,378; People Before Profit’s Cyril Brennan is on 8,130; Michael O’Dowd of Renua Ireland is on 6,897; Independent Dilip Mahapatra stands on 2,450; Independent Olive O’Connor is on 3,132; Direct Democracy Ireland candidate Patrick Greene is on 1,353; Independent James Miller 1,322 and Independent Diarmuid Mulcahy on 789.

  • Mairead McGuinness says she will "hit the ground running" early next week, after the European Parliament yesterday voted to approve the Midlands-Northwest MEP as the new EU Commissioner for Financial Stability.

    Ms McGuinness will replace former Commission Phil Hogan, following his resignation after the Golfgate controversy, and she's expected to be formally appointed to the role in the coming days.

    Mairead McGuinness has been a Fine Gael MEP for Midlands-North-West since 2004 , and has also served as First Vice President of the Parliament.

    Louth County Councillor Colm Markey will replace Mairead McGuinness as MEP for the Midlands-Northwest constituency.

  • 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.