Brexit readiness for businesses and challenges to the agri sector are top priorities  for Ireland’s newest MEP for this region, Colm Markey, who officially began working in the role today.

The former Louth County Councillor takes up his post as a member of the European Parliament for the Fine Gael Midlands North-West constituency at a plenary session in Brussels on Monday.

He is replacing Mairead McGuinness following her appointment as EU Commissioner and will join his four Fine Gael MEP colleagues in the European People’s Party.

 MEP Markey says  he’s looking forward to hitting the ground running and working with my fellow Fine Gael MEPs on the issues that matter for Ireland.”

Mr Markey officially became an MEP today (Friday) after the European Parliament received notification of his appointment from the clerk of the Dáil.

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