Independent MEP, Marian Harkin, visited Kildare last month to launch her European Parliament election campaign and to inform voters of her hopes to represent the county.
“Although I have not, up to now, represented Kildare I have been active in the county on issues such as credit unions, wind turbines and pylons and the ‘European Globalisation Fund’ which I believe can for instance, be brought to support redundant works in Pfizer Newbridge,” she declared.
Supported by local Independent TD Catherine Murphy and Independent Cllrs Paddy Kennedy and Padraig McEvoy at the launch at the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge on March 14, she also held discussions with a union reps on the prospects of using the Globalisation Fund for workers in Kildare affected by redundancy.
She said her efforts on the fund have led to the development of a multi-million euro programme for construction workers throughout Ireland.
She also listed her success in resolving problems faced by country market producers, her involvement in a number of groups advocating on carers and disability issues, and her work in advocating volunteers resulted in her being voted MEP of the Year by the members of the European Parliament of all political persuasions,
Referring to the role of farming and the bloodstock Industry in the County Kildare economy, she said she had campaigned in the reform of the CAP for greater fairness in the distribution of farm payments.
Deputy Catherine Murphy remarked; “Her solo effort in virtually forcing the Irish government to apply for redundancy funds for workers across the entire Irish construction industry was a remarkable achievement and brought €35 million in funding to support redundant construction workers throughout Ireland.”
Cllr. Paddy Kennedy and Cllr. Padraig McEvoy also stressed their admiration for the work Ms. Harkin had been doing in Kildare on credit union and environmental issues.