CARRICK TO HOST A MAJOR EU SUMMIT

4 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

A TOP political group in the European Parliament is to hold its Autumn Conference in Ireland—and local Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy has pulled off a major coup by attracting the ‘summit’ to Carrickmacross.

In what is expected to be a huge boost to the South Monaghan economy, details were revealed this week of the proposed major European Parliament Conference of the GUE/NGL political grouping, scheduled for Hotel Nuremore, Carrickmacross, on 29th-30th September and 1st October.

The hugely influential GUE/NGL grouping consists of 52 MEP’s from left wing political parties across the EU and including, from Ireland, the four Sinn Féin MEPs, and the independent MEP,   Luke Flanagan.

The group has the highest number of Irish MEPs across all EU political groupings, and among its affiliate parties are the Greek government party, Syriza, and Podemous from Spain, which is also widely tipped to be in government, following elections later in the year.

It is believed the majority of MEPs in the grouping will be in attendance, alongside up to 100 support staff, political advisors, and a team of interpreters.

The conference is held twice annually and rotates around EU member states. It was previously held in Ireland in 2013 and, in fact, was not due to return until 2027. However a strong case was presented by the Sinn Féin MEP Mr. Carthy that the Autumn 2015 conference be brought to the Irish Border Region and he was ultimately successful.

While the GUE/NGL political grouping agreed to Mr. Carthy’s proposal, the European Parliament services were required to ensure that the proposed location was suitable, and to identify premises suitable for hosting the conference. It can be revealed that a number of hotels and conference centres,   both in Cavan and Monaghan, were considered by the European Parliament service corps, and Hotel Nuremore was considered the most suitable,   fulfilling all necessary criteria.

The Autumn conference will involve three days of seminars and briefings from across a number of areas, but …

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