Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone today expressed her delight at having been appointed as the new Seanad Spokesperson on European Affairs.
“European affairs, as we can see from our recent hosting of the EU Presidency, are as important today as they have ever been. The European agenda affects all of our lives in far reaching ways, from food safety to mobile phone roaming fees. In my role as European Affairs Spokesperson in the Seanad, I will be working with a number of stakeholders in order to raise issues of importance regularly.
“As we face into European elections in 2014, there is no question that European issues will begin to move to the forefront of people’s minds as we think about what the EU is doing right now, and what it can do, in order to effect economic, social and political change.
“I look forward to working hard in this role and to raising European issues and topics regularly in the Seanad. I will be attempting to get debates around the many issues emerging from Europe which will have a serious impact on our own laws over the coming years. Recent research carried out by Dóchas shows that more than half of Irish people think the EU is a force for good in Ireland and I intend to highlight the positives and also the challenges on the horizon.”