Carthy congratulates Emily O’Reilly in her re-election as European Ombudsman
Speaking today from Strasbourg where Emily O’Reilly has been successfully re elected as the European Ombudsman, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency, Matt Carthy, has warmly congratulated her and commends her on her work to date.
“As one of the many MEPs to sign her nomination, I am delighted that Emily O’Reilly has been successfully re elected and I wish to congratulate her and wish her well as she continues in the her role as European Ombudsman.
“It is evident by the fact that Ms. O'Reilly was unopposed for this position that, in her relatively short period in the job, she has earned the good will and esteem of those of every political persuasion.
“As Ireland's Ombudsman from 2003 and in the office of European Ombudsman since 2013 Emily O'Reilly has won the confidence of ordinary citizens as someone who is 'on their side'.
“The Office of European Ombudsman will face a number of challenges in the times ahead as the European institutions have lost the confidence of many citizens and communities across member states.
“In many cases the manner in which the Council and Commission carry out their roles in secrecy, without transparency and with minimal public consultation, exacerbates this loss of confidence.
“The European Ombudsman has the responsibility to challenge these cultures within the European institutions. As major decisions will be made in the next few years, including a possible conclusion on the TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment partnership between the EU and US) negotiations, the Ombudsman will have serious work to do in demanding accountability.“Based on her track record to date, I am confident that Emily O’Reilly will approach these challenges fearlessly, with the integrity befitting her office and I sincerely hope that her efforts are successful in bringing about the accountability required by our citizens.”