MEP Mairead McGuinness

  • The European Parliament will vote today to approve Mairead McGuinness' appointment as EU Commissioner for Financial Services.

    The Midlands-Northwest MEP was questioned by MEPs last week and is expected to receive their backing today.

    The outgoing MEP is due to replace Phil Hogan, following his resignation after the Golfgate controversy.


  • Following Phil Hogan's resignation as Ireland's EU Commissioner last night, the Taoiseach says the three Government party leaders will meet to discuss this successor.

    Mr Martin says the shared objective is to nominate a person of a very high calibre, and says they will respond to the request of the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to nominate a man and a woman.

    At attention turns to possible successors, Leo Varadker appears to have ruled himself out.

    Asked if he would be interested in the European Commission job, the Fine Gael leader said he intends to continue to lead his party and to work hard in his role as Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment before becoming Taoiseach again in 2022.

    Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is another name being mentioned, as well as Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness, who's First Vice-President of the European Parliament.

    Several non-politicians are also believed to be in the mix - including David O'Sullivan, a high-ranking official in the European Commission.

    Sligo-Leitrim Independent TD and former MEP Marian Harkin says there are a number of politicians and non-politicians with the experience to be considered for the role of Commissioner.

  • Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness says she's honoured to have been selected by the EU Commission President as Ireland's next EU Commissioner, and has thanked Ursula von der Leyen for the trust she's placing in her.

    In a statement to Midwest News after her selection this morning as Commissioner-designate, Ms McGuinness said the financial services portfolio cuts across all policy areas, and is fundamental to European citizens, businesses, SMEs and how the EU recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    She said she will now focus on preparing for the European Parliament hearing, at which she has to be ratified, and will not be making any further comment at this time.

  • The incoming President of the European Commission has not wavered one centimeter on the Brexit backstop.

    That's the view of Fine Gael MEP for the Midlands Northwest Mairead McGuinness who was speaking after last night's vote in Strasbourg.

    Ursula von der Leyen got the backing of the European Parliament but only by a slim majority.

    Mairead McGuinness, the Vice President of the European Parliament insists when it comes to Brexit, Ursula von der Leyen is fully behind Ireland.

  • Midlands- Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness has been confirmed as Ireland's EU Commissioner.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed that Ms McGuinness will take on the financial services portfolio.

    The trade portfolio- left vacant by the resignation of Phil Hogan following the Golfgate controversy in Clifden - goes to the former Prime Minister of Latvia.

    Mairead McGuinness was first elected a member of the European Parliament in July 2004 for the midlands-northwest constituency, and has served as First Vice-President of the European Parliament since 2017.

    Prior to becoming a Fine Gael MEP, she was a well-known journalist and broadcaster.

  • Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness is now tipped as the frontrunner to become Ireland's next EU Commissioner.

    The Irish Times reports this morning that the Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney may not allow his name to go forward, if it's believed he won't retain the trade portfolio.

    It could clear the way for Midlands-Northwest MEP and European Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness to be nominated, while fellow MEP and former minister, Frances Fitzgerald, has also declared her interest in succeeding Phil Hogan.

    Tanaiste Leo Varadker told party TDs last night that he expected nominations for the role of EU Commissioner to be finalised by the end of this week.



  • While a Brexit deal has been reached, it remains unclear whether it will be passed by the UK House of Commons.

    The EU and the British Government this morning signed up to a revised withdrawal agreement, but the DUP have said they will not consent to the deal.

    Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness - Vice President of the European Parliament  - says the new agreement needs to be approved both by the House of Commons and the European Parliament, so there's still a way to go....

  • The President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen has held interviews with the two candidates to replace Phil Hogan as EU Commissioner.

    Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness and Andrew McDowell both had video calls with the President this morning.

    One of the two candidates will be selected in the coming days to be Ireland's EU Commissioner.

    The trade portfolio is likely to be given to another country with a more senior commissioner after Phil Hogan's resignation over the golfgate controversy.