Fine Gael Senator for Dublin, Catherine Noone, has warmly welcomed the news that the International Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) will take place in Dublin in March of next year. Fine Gael will host the event, which is set to be held in the Convention Centre.
It’s the first time this prestigious event has been held in Ireland, and will come as a timely boost to the local economy as it will bring 2,000 delegates from 40 countries to our capital city.
The EPP is the largest grouping in the European Parliament, with 73 member parties, and it includes 13 EU heads of government and 13 members of the European Commission. It will be great to have this grouping here in order to focus minds ahead of the European elections, which will follow at the end of May 2014. Europe is at the forefront of people’s minds now, and these elections will come at a very important time for the European Parliament.
Any event which brings an extra 2,000 people into Dublin is something to be welcomed, and should provide hotels and restaurants in the city centre with a boost in trade.
I was delighted to meet many EPP members during my recent speech on internet safety in Brussels, and hope to welcome many delegates to Dublin in 2014. Coming to Dublin should give EPP members a greater understanding of the difficulties Ireland has been going through, as well as showing them the recovery that is underway in our capital city.