09 Jul, 2024

Renew Europe grows stronger with Irish MEPs

On 2 July, Renew Europe welcomed Michael McNamara MEP (Independent, IE) in its ranks as a new Member of the European Parliament.  

Elected in Ireland’s South constituency in the recent European elections, McNamara is a widely regarded barrister who has worked at the OSCE and as a Teachta Dála for Clare following the 2020 general election, and previously from 2011 to 2016. 

"With his extensive experience, political acumen, and expertise, Michael McNamara will be a strong asset to our political group. We are delighted to welcome Mr. McNamara to our expanding team of centrist MEPs. A strong Ireland in a united Europe is our common endeavour,” said Renew Europe President Valérie Hayer MEP. 

Ciaran Mullooly MEP (Independent Ireland, IE) became Renew Europe’s sixth Irish member on 3 July, taking the total number of liberal, democrat and centrist MEPs to 77. 

“I have accepted the invitation of Sandro Gozi to join the European Democratic Party sitting with the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament as I believe that it best fits the needs of my constituents in Ireland Midlands-Northwest constituency,” Mullooly posted on X. 

It means Renew Europe now has six Irish MEPs with ALDE Party member Fianna Fáil’s four: Barry Andrews MEP, Barry Cowen MEP, Billy Kelleher MEP and Cynthia Ní Mhurchú MEP. 

The group already grew stronger in June following the decision to accept the membership requests of four MEPs: Yvan Verougstraete MEP (Les Engagés, BE), Eugen Tomac MEP (People's Movement Party, RO), Nikola Minchev MEP and Hristo Petrov MEP (PP - We Continue the Change, BG). 

On 26 June, the Group also elected its Presidency with Hayer as President, Kelleher as First Vice-President, and nine further MEPs as Vice-Presidents. 

Svenja Hahn MEP and Sandro Gozi MEP were elected as part of the Presidency representing the ALDE Party and EDP. 

"Renew Europe is growing again, not only in size but in experience and ambition. We now have strong management team that reflects the diversity and talents of our group. Renew Europe is now strongly placed to play a prominent role in the European Parliament and deliver real change,” said Hayer. 

The first plenary session of the European Parliament’s tenth mandate will take place in Strasbourg, France, on 15-18 July. 

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