Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has said she is delighted to have been been nominated by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, to take up a position on the Council of Europe, following the vacancy created by the election of Senator Deirdre Clune to the European Parliament.
“I was really pleased to be asked by the Taoiseach to take up this position on the Council of Europe. I have a keen interest in European Affairs and I feel strongly about the need to translate the benefits our involvement in Europe has on our everyday lives.
“I look forward to bringing my experience as Fine Gael’s Seanad spokesperson on European Affairs and as a member of the Oireachtas European Affairs Committee to this new role.
“Irish politicians have a duty to act as a bridge between Ireland and Europe. We need as many strong voices as possible working for our best interests. I certainly intend to work hard on our behalf on the Council of Europe.
“The Council of Europe has a number of important functions in terms of cultural co-operation, legal standards and finance, through the Council of Europe Development Bank. I intend to bring my influence to bear on the Council from an Irish standpoint.”