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Mairead McGuinness MEP

Mairead McGuinness MEP

Cllr Colm Markey

Cllr Colm Markey

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Mairead McGuinness MEP

Local MEP Mairead McGuinness looks set to become the next European Commissioner following the fallout over the resignation of Phil Hogan.

She has been nominated for the role with Andrew McDowell and a decision is expected this week on the post.

The First Vice-President of the European Parliament said she is honoured to be nominated. "I want to thank the Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste and Leader of my party, Leo Varadkar, and leader of the Green Party, Eamon Ryan, for this expression of confidence in me," she said.

"It's a great honour to be nominated as a candidate for a role that is so influential in the lives of citizens and businesses across Ireland and the entire EU, as it is to serve as I do as First Vice-President of the European Parliament."

She said this is the first step in the process which is in the hands of Commission President, Ursula Von der Leyen. The European Parliament is also involved in the ratification process.

If she does secure the post, local councillor Colm Markey looks set to replace her as the region's MEP.

At the last EU election, he was named as the next choice to fill the vacancy if one ever arose.

Sources indicated this week that the Togher man would love to take on the challenge after spending 11 years as a councillor, one term as cathaoirleach.

If that did arise, it would leave a vacant seat on the council on behalf of FG.

Cathaoirleach of Louth CC Dolores Minogue said it would be a double honour for the region if the two key appointments were made.

'It would be great to see Mairead in such a role and for Colm, a great opportunity to be an MEP and giving us another voice in Europe,' she stated.

It is also believed that if Cllr Markey was to achieve the post, she would be keen to be on the selection list in the future.

Drogheda Independent