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.



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...
15.10.2015 - 10:15

Appeal to save the life of Dr. Mohammed Ali Tahiri

This is an urgent appeal to the President of Iran, Mr. Hassan Rouhani, to the Head of Iranian judiciary, Mr. Sadeq Larijani, and to the international community to pay special attention to Dr. Mohammad Ali Taheri’s legal appeal against his...


Press releases

Happy family with child and shopping bags in city
01.07.2016 - 13:32

Children to be better protected in cross-border disputes

Mairead McGuinness MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament has welcomed new proposals to better protect children in cross-border parental disputes in the EU. As Children’s Rights...
Medical touchscreen
15.06.2016 - 16:48

Safer medical devices for patients

Stronger regulations to strengthen patient safety and medical industry surveillance in Europe. The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has today...
A fair food chain for all
07.06.2016 - 14:54

Strong support for EU action for a fairer food supply chain

“MEPs today called for the introduction of EU framework legislation to tackle Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain in order to ensure that European farmers and consumers have the...



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