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Sunday 31 August 2014

Mairead McGuinnes 'would be very happy' to accept €250,000 EU job

Daniel McConnell, Group Political Correspondent

Published 06/07/2014 | 14:21

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Mairead McGuinness MEP pictured with husband Martin as she took the 2nd seat at the count in the European Parliament Election North West Midlands Constituency in May. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness has said she would be “very happy” to be selected as Ireland’s next EU Commissioner.

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While it looks increasingly likely that current Environment Minister Phil Hogan is to head to Brussels to take up the €250,000 a year post, Ms McGuinness said she would be more than willing to serve if asked.

Speaking today, Ms McGuinness said: “If my name is on a piece of paper, I’d be very happy with that.”

Ms McGuinness said that while she expected Mr Hogan to be the Taoiseach’s nominee for the job, but should she called upon, she would accept the job.

Speculation around the position has intensified in recent days with recently departed Labour leader Eamon Gilmore declaring his interest in the post. 

Last week, Ms McGuinness became the second Irish person to be elected vice-president of the European Parliament when she got the second highest number of votes from her fellow MEPs.

Ms McGuinness was re-elected as MEP in May in the constituency of Midlands Northwest edging out her party colleague and rival Jim Higgins.

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