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European Commission President von der Leyen names McGuinness as Ireland's European commissioner

MEP Mairead McGuinness is to be Ireland’s next European Commissioner.

Ms McGuinness is to be EU Financial Services Commissioner and will also have responsibility for capital markets.

The long-serving MEP beat former European Investment Bank Vice President Andrew McDowell following interviews carried out by European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen on Monday.

Ms McGuinness succeeds Phil Hogan who resigned as EU Trade Commissioner over the golfgate controversy.

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