Frances Fitzgerald, Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, has been elected as Vice-President of the EPP Group by a majority vote.
Welcoming the result, An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, TD, said, “Congratulations to Frances Fitzgerald on her election as Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. “Frances continues the proud Fine Gael tradition of Irish representation at the most senior level in the European People’s Party. “Her extensive executive experience in national politics and strong focus on inclusiveness and diversity will enhance the leadership of the EPP Group in championing a fair and inclusive recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. “This election is a great result for Fine Gael, Ireland and Europe. I wish Frances every success in her new role.”
Speaking after the vote, MEP Fitzgerald said, “I am honoured to have been elected as Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. “As Ireland continues to face the challenges of COVID-19 and increasing Brexit tensions, it is important that we have representation at key leadership levels in Europe. “I welcome the opportunity to shape the future of the EU as we work towards a COVID recovery which is all about building a better, green, digital and inclusive future. “Fine Gael is the party of Europe in Ireland; we were one of the founding members of the EPP in 1976. I want to build on this strong pro-European track record and strengthen links between Ireland and Europe particularly in a post-Brexit environment. “I will continue to be a strong voice for my constituency of Dublin and for Ireland at this crucial time,” MEP Fitzgerald concluded.