Country: Ireland
  • BRU:
    ASP 10E102 (Altiero Spinelli)
    Parlement européen
    60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
    B-1047 Bruxelles / Brussel
    Phone: +32 (0)2 2845214
    Fax:+32 (0)2 2849214
  • STR:
    LOW T12031 (Louise Weiss)
    Parlement européen
    Allée du Printemps
    BP 1024/F
    F-67070 Strasbourg cedex
    Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175214
    Fax:+33 (0)3 88 179214
My Positions in Parliament:
  • Vice-President - European Parliament
  • Vice-Chair - EU-Montenegro
  • Member - EPP Bureau
  • Member - Parliament's Bureau
  • Member - Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Member - Fine Gael Party
  • Substitute - South Asia
  • Substitute - Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Curriculum vitae

Born in 1959. Ireland East. Agricultural Economist and award winning journalist. Commentator, radio producer and television presenter. Former agriculture editor of Irish Independant. Extensive knowledge of global agriculture systems. Author of European Parliament Report on the CAP and Global Food Security. Served two terms as Chairperson of the Guild of Agricultural journalists. Chairperson of the Consumer Liaison Panel set up by the Minister for Agriculture and Food. MEP since 2004.



EPP Group Bureau
18.01.2017 - 20:14

The EPP Group puts forward a strong team for Europe

After the election of Antonio Tajani as President of the European Parliament, the first Italian to hold the office since the foundation of the EU, the EPP Group's candidates for Vice-Presidents were also elected, with Mairead McGuinness topping...
A fair food chain for all
03.06.2016 - 12:31

Fair trade for farmers

In school yards and football fields we know what fair play means, but when it comes to business it’s not that easy anymore. How to tackle unfair trading practises (UTPs) is a burning question, especially for food producers who stumble over the...
Happy family with child and shopping bags in city
31.05.2016 - 14:48

A child's best interests must come first

A child's best interests should always come first in cross-border EU cases regarding custody, familial breakdown or other child welfare issues, according to EPP Group Members of the Committee on Petitions. Protecting the best interests of the...


Press releases

Sad girl with her fighting parents
27.01.2017 - 09:54

Early mediation to resolve cross-border custody cases

Early mediation is an effective, essential tool for resolving cross-border child custody disputes and can lessen the strain on children and on parents, Mairead McGuinness MEP and European Parliament...
Mairead Mcguinness MEP
18.01.2017 - 15:19

Mairead McGuinness elected First Vice-President

Mairead McGuinness MEP has been elected First Vice-President of the European Parliament after topping the poll with a massive 466 votes in the first count, well ahead of the absolute majority of 310...
European Flag
15.12.2016 - 13:02

Compensate thalidomide survivors

Mairead McGuinness MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament today called for compensation and support to be given to survivors of the drug thalidomide, in Ireland and across the EU, with a...



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