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MEPs welcome larger EU constituency

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MEPs welcome larger EU constituency


MEP for the Midlands-North-West Jim Higgins sees the inclusion of five more counties to his constituency as an ‘obvious challenge’ but wholeheartedly welcomed the inclusion last week.
Counties Louth, Meath, Kildare, Offaly and Laois will now form the new 15 county Midlands-North-West constituency.
Speaking in Brussels, MEP Higgins said “I was first elected in 2004, and re-elected in 2009 to represent the eleven counties of the North West. I promise to be the voice of the  people of the Midlands-North-West going forward.”
Representing an admittedly ‘massive geographic area’, Higgins is confident he can rise to the challenge and represent the views of the people.
Meanwhile, Marian Harkin played down the enlargement of the Midlands-North-West constituency, saying that in relation to the European Parliament’s activities, there is little difference in the needs of the people of different counties.
“European legislation relates equally to Sligo and Kildare and to any of the 15 counties in the new constituency and, as such, I look forward to serving all with the expertise I have developed in two terms in the Parliament.”
For newcomer to the constituency, MEP Mairead McGuinness is confident that past roles will equip her to deal with the geographical challenge as the new constituency incorporates five counties she currently represents paired with Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Roscommon and Sligo, Longford and Westmeath which she represented in her first term in the European Parliament.
““It’s a very large constituency from a geographical perspective.   However I know the entire area extremely well. For me my work will not change since the major issues of policy on which I work are common to every county in Ireland,” said McGuinness.
Ireland is to lose one MEP at the next election in May, to facilitate the accession of Croatia into the EU.

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