In these uncertain times, the Midlands/North-West constituency needs committed and experienced representatives in the European Parliament focused on the serious issues facing us.
I know the inner workings of the EU through my extensive ministerial and parliamentary experience. I have served on a range of EU Councils of Ministers and worked across the EU as Chair of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence Committee. I also chaired the British-Irish Inter Parliamentary Body.
Through hard work and with dedicated and diligent representation I have secured the support of the electorate in Cavan/Monaghan at each election since 1992. I appreciate that ongoing endorsement of my role as a Public Representative.
I have a deep understanding of the Irish agri-food sector and the many challenges it faces. As Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food I introduced the successful Food Harvest 2020 Strategy.
Having served as Minister for Children the then CEO of Barnardo’s described me as “one of the most effective Ministers for Children that the country has ever had”.
Electing me as your MEP ensures that the real and pressing issues facing our communities, urban and rural, are not just voiced in the committee rooms of the European Parliament, but that they are heard and pursued vigorously across Brussels and Strasbourg.
Issues of particular importance to our region include:
- The economic and social threats posed by Brexit
- Protect the Good Friday Agreement and ensure that it continues to apply in all Brexit scenarios
- Support and reform CAP and ensure adequate funding
- Investment in infrastructure including broadband and transport
- The challenges facing our fishing communities
- Address the serious Climate Change challenges and protect our environment
- Turn the EU’s digital single market into a reality for the region
- Shape a new agenda for this region’s place in a renewed Europe
As your MEP I will be a strong voice and will work diligently to build alliances with representatives from other like-minded Member States on the key issues affecting Ireland and the Midlands/North-West region in particular.
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MIDLANDS NORTH WEST:
The 4-seat ‘Midlands-North-West’ European Parliament constituency covers the 13 counties of:
Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo Westmeath; and the city of Galway.