Ardee native Mairead McGuinness has been re-elected Vice President of the European Parliament in the first round of voting in Brussels today.
The Fine Gael MEP polled 466 out of a total of 618 votes cast this morning to ensure she retains her Vice Presidential role, one of 14 VP roles to be filled via a ballot today.
In December, McGuinness saw her bid to become President of the European Parliament end when Antonio Tajani beat her to the European People’s Party nomination to suceed Martin Schulz. On Tuesday, Italian Tajani went on to win the presidency of the European Parliament.
She was viewed as a very credible candidate for the presidency, with support coming from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and McGuinness was thought to be very much in the running for the role but lost out.
The MEP and former journalist and broadcaster, who splits her time between Brussels and her home just outside Ardee, was elected as one of 12 Vice Presidents of the European Parliament in 2014 and will now continue in that role.
Speaking to LMFM earlier in the week, McGuinness said, “I’m vey pleased to stand as a vice-president. I have great support in this house and I think that’s important. In politics, you don’t do disappoint. You accept the will of the people whether it’s your political group or the citizens – and you get on with the job.”
— Mairead McGuinness (@MaireadMcGMEP) January 18, 2017