Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP for Ireland East, serves on the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
She chaired the European Parliament Committee of Inquiry into the demise of Equitable Life, where thousands of pensioners lost out on their investments. A member of Inter-Party Groups on Disability and Children’s Rights, she also serves on the European Parliament’s Delegations for relations with Australia and New Zealand, the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China.
Mairead is very active on agriculture and rural development, global development policy, the environment and food safety and security. The specific issues she champions at EU level range from, the need for the EU to ensure security of food supply, double standards on food imports to global trade issues under the WTO. She has also worked to raise the plight of children, especially those with a disability in orphanages in Romania and Bulgaria – two of the newer accession states of the EU.
Prior to becoming an MEP she was a well-known journalist, broadcaster and commentator.