Máiréad McGuinness confirms candidacy for EP president

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Fine Gael MEP Máiréad McGuinness (Ireland NW) has confirmed that she is run for the position of European Parliament president. She is one of a number of people who have put themselves forward as the potential EPP (European People's Party) candidate. This follows the news from earlier today that the current president, Martin Schulz will not run again.

What can be said in her favour? Well, for starters, she isn't Martin Schulz, a figure who was controversial even before he assumed the role in 2014, annoyed both left and right and seemed to struggle with the limits and protocols of the role.

She's also articulate and professional in her demeanour. She has served on a wide range of committees and working groups and has excellent experience in how the parliament operates.

Her nationality - coming from a peripheral country - could count as a positive, especially compared to her predecessor, Schulz. Coming from the UK's nearest neighbour, she will have a good understanding of the British mindset and may be able to assist in making the Brexit process less "vicious" (to quote Enda K) for everyone.

On the the other hand, the Irish held this role as recently as 12 years ago and that may count as a negative. All shall be revealed in the coming weeks when the EPP chooses its candidate.

Mairead McGuinness confirms bid for European Parliament presidency

McGuinness seeks nomination for EU parliament head

This Irish woman is in the running for the European Parliament presidency
 


RodShaft

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Fine Gael MEP Máiréad McGuinness (Ireland NW) has confirmed that she is run for the position of European Parliament president. She is one of a number of people who have put themselves forward as the potential EPP (European People's Party) candidate. This follows the news from earlier today that the current president, Martin Schulz will not run again.

What can be said in her favour? Well, for starters, she isn't Martin Schulz, a figure who was controversial even before he assumed the role in 2014, annoyed both left and right and seemed to struggle with the limits and protocols of the role.

She's also articulate and professional in her demeanour. She has served on a wide range of committees and working groups and has excellent experience in how the parliament operates.

Her nationality - coming from a peripheral country - could count as a positive, especially compared to her predecessor, Schulz. Coming from the UK's nearest neighbour, she will have a good understanding of the British mindset and may be able to assist in making the Brexit process less "vicious" (to quote Enda K) for everyone.

On the the other hand, the Irish held this role as recently as 12 years ago and that may count as a negative. All shall be revealed in the coming weeks when the EPP chooses its candidate.

Mairead McGuinness confirms bid for European Parliament presidency

McGuinness seeks nomination for EU parliament head

This Irish woman is in the running for the European Parliament presidency
I'm not so sure that the EU will want a fascist in the rôle so soon after the fascists' victory in the US...
 

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she comes across as a sensible person andshould be fit for the job. An Irish President should be a help when things get tough with the British exit .
 

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With an Irish person in charge, Europe would be well-positioned for a 1,000-year long party :)
 

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she comes across as a sensible person andshould be fit for the job. An Irish President should be a help when things get tough with the British exit .
That may work against her. She's already having to say that Ireland will be on the same side as the other EU members and not too close to the UK.
 

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I would support a EP president who would work to scrap the discriminatory party funding rules regarding EU money which I consider part of the rigged system. In practice the money goes to pro-EU parties. Expecting her to do it is a waste of time.

Also urgent is the making compullsory of the register of MEPs interests, which is currently voluntary. I still havent forgotten the Panorama programme showing MEPs collecting unvouched allowances from a machine in the 1990s. I remember it said 'these people are supposed to be in favour of a single European currency, but the only money they seem to be interested in is your own'.
 

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A smiling vacuous woman who won't disturb the emminence grises behind the scenes who pull the strings.
 

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Best of luck to her.
 

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Not really.


I've never considered her party anything other than unreconstructed fascists. As part of a coalition they put BOTH Justice and Defence under the same Minister. Scary as fook.

They prosecuted 14 year old boys and batoned protesters off the streets.


Think what they would do on their own?
 

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Fine Gael MEP Máiréad McGuinness (Ireland NW) has confirmed that she is run for the position of European Parliament president. She is one of a number of people who have put themselves forward as the potential EPP (European People's Party) candidate. This follows the news from earlier today that the current president, Martin Schulz will not run again.

What can be said in her favour? Well, for starters, she isn't Martin Schulz, a figure who was controversial even before he assumed the role in 2014, annoyed both left and right and seemed to struggle with the limits and protocols of the role.

She's also articulate and professional in her demeanour. She has served on a wide range of committees and working groups and has excellent experience in how the parliament operates.

Her nationality - coming from a peripheral country - could count as a positive, especially compared to her predecessor, Schulz. Coming from the UK's nearest neighbour, she will have a good understanding of the British mindset and may be able to assist in making the Brexit process less "vicious" (to quote Enda K) for everyone.

On the the other hand, the Irish held this role as recently as 12 years ago and that may count as a negative. All shall be revealed in the coming weeks when the EPP chooses its candidate.

Mairead McGuinness confirms bid for European Parliament presidency

McGuinness seeks nomination for EU parliament head

This Irish woman is in the running for the European Parliament presidency
Who cares, what did she ever do for us?

Nada.
 
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Not really.


I've never considered her party anything other than unreconstructed fascists. As part of a coalition they put BOTH Justice and Defence under the same Minister. Scary as fook.

They prosecuted 14 year old boys and batoned protesters off the streets.


Think what they would do on their own?
Fascism does actually mean something, you know. You don't just get to choose words and pretend they mean something else.

I'd be interested to see footage where Fine Gaelers "batoned" protesters off the streets.

I don't know what the 14 year old boy reference is about.
 

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Another Montrose alum. They would have been there at the same time, early 80s.

Was Owen Harris still there then?
Having eschewed supposedly Stalinism for the DUP, Thatcherism or whatever authoritanist bent he was on at that time
 


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