I’m Mairead McGuinness, an Irish MEP, since 2014. I am a member of the Fine Gael party in Ireland and Leader of the Fine Gael Delegation in the European Parliament. I am also Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group. An economist by training, specialising in agriculture, I’ve won a few awards for my work as a journalist in the past and was voted MEP of the year for Agriculture. As an MEP, I led the negotiations on the reform of CAP Direct Payments for the EPP Group and am the Group’s lead negotiator on the Medical Devices Regulation. I chair the EPPs working group on Foreign Affairs.
My relationship with farming is lifelong and enduring. It is both a passion and policy priority. I love the countryside, the people, the produce of the land and the sheer bliss of being able to walk the fields and savour the delights of nature and wildlife. Read more
Young farmers are the future of European agriculture and our food supply. We are committed to supporting farmers by ensuring they receive a fair price for their produce. Farmers are often at the mercy of stronger links in the food supply chain, including major retailers, which have all the negotiating power in the … Read more