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Mary Lou Mc Donald shortlisted for tonight's 'MEP of The Year Awards'

9 October, 2007

Mary Lou Mc Donald has been shortlisted for the ‘MEP of The Year Awards’ being held tonight in the Brussels Renaissance Hotel. The category that Ms McDonald has been selected for is Employment and Workers’ Rights. This is the first time an Irish MEP has been shortlisted for the award.


The European Parliament Magazine ‘The Parliament’ has been organising thisannual prestigious event since 2005. MEPs are required to vote for the most capable Parliamentarians in ten sectoral categories, with just three MEPs shortlisted for each category.


The nominations are open to only selected NGOs and Not For Profit Groups, and the voting requirement when deciding the shortlist for Ms McDonalds sectoral category is based on MEPs 'who have made the most valuable contribution in the field of employment policy.


Speaking ahead of tonight’s event Mary Lou Mc Donald said:


"I am delighted that the hard work myself and my team have been making in the field of employment and workers rights has been recognised in this way.


“Workers rights will continue to be of the uppermost priority for Sinn Féin in the party’s parliamentary work. I also intend to continue to put pressure on the EU institutions to prioritise social inclusion.” CRÍOCH


Note to Editor:


What the MEP Awards 2007 have said about Mary Lou McDonald:


Mary Lou MacDonald has a background of involvement in trade unions and employment and was elected to the European Parliament in 2004. This year she has kept employment in focus and has been busy driving a report on the ILO Maritime Labour Convention through Parliament and the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. The code was adopted in February this year following MacDonald's close coordination with the Commission and workers' representatives.


She has also pushed for action to be taken against the growing problem of corporate manslaughter and has worked to support community groups by providing them access to the European institutions. MacDonald says this year employment issues will continue to be uppermost in her mind and she will press the EU to prioritise social inclusion. She says that she will also be continuing to ask questions on child poverty and pressuring for the empowerment of marginalised groups. MacDonald is also a substitute member on the Civil Liberties Committee.



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