McGuinness to Speak on “Green Deal - Gearing Up for New Ways to Work”

Mairead McGuinness, an Irish MEP and vice president of the European Parliament, will give a talk on the future changes in employment in the context of a greener Europe at an upcoming event sponsored and hosted by Athlone Institute of Technology.

Ms McGuinness is the European Parliament’s first vice-president - having been elected in January 2017 and re-elected in July 2019 - and is widely regarded to be an expert on European affairs.

The Drogheda woman is a staunch defender of EU interests and is a member of the parliament committee overseeing the Brexit process and the chair of the working group looking at the administrative consequences of Brexit.

Ms McGuinness is also member of the Parliament’s Committees on Agriculture and Rural Development, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and Constitutional Affairs, which she joined in 2004.

Since then, she has worked on CAP reform and has defended the position of farmers in the food supply chain – most recently in achieving new EU legislation to tackle unfair trading practices.

She was a lead negotiator for the EPP Group on medical devices legislation, guaranteeing increased standards in patient safety and encouraging industry to innovate.

Prior to becoming an MEP, Ms McGuinness was a well-known journalist, broadcaster and commentator.

Following the talk, attendees will have a chance to participate in a facilitated discussion. The event, organised by the Midlands Region of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), will take place on Monday, 24th February at 3.45pm and includes a networking opportunity. Register for your free ticket - early booking is recommended.

Athlone Institute of Technology is a contemporary third level institute distinguished by academic excellence in teaching, learning and research. The institute was awarded The Sunday Times ‘Institute of Technology of the Year 2020, 2018 and Runner-Up in 2017. The institute also tops Ireland’s official league table for research and was listed in U-Multirank’s ‘Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research’ in 2018 and 2019. Athlone Institute of Technology is currently ranked number one nationally for student satisfaction - a position it has maintained for six consecutive years. For more information relating to the institute’s CAO programmes, visit #ChooseAIT

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