First Vice-President of the European Parliament
Mairead McGuinness is the First Vice-President of the European Parliament and represents the Midlands-North-West constituency in Ireland. As First Vice-President, she oversees relations with national parliaments, in particular with the EU affairs committees of Member State parliaments.
She has responsibility for the Parliament’s dialogue with religious and non-confessional organisations on EU policies and legislative proposals under Article 17 of the TFEU.
Mairead is Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee and is Chair of the Transatlantic Relations Working Group in the European Ideas Network think-tank.
She is a member of the Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee and the Constitutional Affairs Committee.
Mairead chaired the Parliament’s investigation into the collapse of the Equitable Life assurance company which identified issues around weak financial Regulation.
She is a Member of the European Parliament since 2004 and has been a Vice-President of the Parliament since 2014.
Prior to becoming an MEP, Mairead was a journalist, broadcaster and commentator.