Mary Lou shortlisted for MEP of the Year…

Mary Lou may have taken a blow in the recent elections, but clearly her time in Brussels has consisted of more than the photo ops much of her coverage at home has consisted of. Although the awards have only been in train for a couple of years, according to the Sunday Business Post she is the first Irish MEP to be shortlisted. Voting by all MEPs for the award takes place in September and the results will be announced at the Brussels Renaissance Hotel on Tuesday, October 9. Update: Whoops, for some reason the Post forgot to mention Kathy Sinnott!!

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  • Well done Mary Lou for making the shortlist and I’ll wait for the comments from all those on this forum who crucified her during the recent elections. (without even a single shred of evidence or insight into the standard of her performance). Clearly there are many who feel that Mary Lou does a pretty good job….

  • Pete Baker

    It’s not a shortlist for “MEP of the year”.. just in one category – Employment

    And as for SF’s claim that she’s the first Irish MEP to be short-listed..

    Just spin.

    Kathy Sinnott has also been short-listed for MEP Campaigner of the Year..

    Full set of short-lists here

  • dublinsfsupporter

    This confirms my view that Mary Lou has a big future ahead of her in the party.

  • Pete Baker

    Other pertinent information

    “Nominations for each of the categories have been taken from NGOs and not-for-profit organizations working in sector-specific areas.”

    Lobbyists in other words.

    And

    “The vote is confined to the European Parliament and so is not open to constituency-based staff, nor members of the public.”

    The EU’s such a democratic organisation..

  • God Pete,

    It didnt take you long to get to work on this one. I wonder if you would have shown such zeal if the focus of the thread had not been a member Of Sinn Fein.

    Some of your assertions are also quite pointless to be honest. There are many parliamentary awards in quite a number of countries (both in Europe and elsewhere) which are not open to members of the public, so the European Parliament is far from unique in this respect…

    You seem to wish to totally devalue these awards , although it is somewhat ironic that you have failed to mention their deemed ‘unworthiness’ until now. I wonder why…??

  • Pete Baker

    “You seem to wish to totally devalue these awards”

    Nope. Just bringing some clarity to an otherwise disingenuous SF statement [copied and pasted by the SBP] about those awards.

    I’m sure Kathy Sinnott, for example, will appreciate it.

  • “I’m sure Kathy Sinnott, for example, will appreciate it”.

    Well I would’nt have imagined that your concern for Kathy Sinnott’s presumed hurt feelings would have prompted the tone of your response…

    Also my last response remains uncontested – ie that many European countries (and beyond) have Parliamentary awards which do not involve public input and which also have input from a wide-range of organisations. The E.P. is no different in that regard.

  • merrie

    Pete, for all his Xrefs, does not answer our queries if he does not feel so inclined. Usually it is because he may be shooting himself in the foot should he do so.

  • “Nope. Just bringing some clarity to an otherwise disingenuous …”

    yeah right Pete… we know you’re just doing it because you are a firm believer in the sanctity of the Fourth Estate. You hold Irish media to their own high standards especially regarding investigative journalism.

    For moral turpitude I’m awarding you the following because I know it must appeal to you so much… http://www.europarl.ie/photo_library_mary.html

  • Pete Baker

    Well if anyone disagrees with what I’ve actually said about the SF statement on these nominations then let’s hear it.

    Or perhaps you don’t actually disagree..

  • merrie

    Pete:

    You still haven’t acknowledged MacSwiney’s comment and you still haven’t answered mine @:

    http://sluggerotoole.com/index.php/weblog/comments/i-know-it-will-not-be-an-overnight-transition/

    You remind me of a schoolkid who throws conkers at people then runs away and hides so no one can throw them back at you.

  • CTN

    No fan of McGuinness or Adams but this woman has always had bags of talent.

    Although she has been criticised for sounding rather hackneyed of late, a win for her here would boost her ailing chances of re-election, which unfortunately for her depends more upon the likelyhood of the Dublin constituency being reduced to 3 seats from 4 coupled with the general feel bad factor attached to SF in the city.

    Indeed an almost phoenix like re-election against the odds could also make her a future leadership contender after the ghastly griz departs his throne….

  • Oilibhear Chromaill

    I wonder who actually voted for Ian Paisley’s award recently- Opposition Parliamentarian of the Year – or David Trimble’s previous to that. Was it the great unwashed public? Doubtful. What was Pete Baker’s response on that occasion?

    But don’t fret, Pete, Mary Lou hasn’t won anything yet. The worst may not come to pass. You may be spared having egg all over your face yet! Shudder the thought that a Sinn Féin would get recognition beyond these shores!

    What odds are you offering that Gerry Adams/Martin McGuinness will be among those to gain a Nobel Peace Prize this year.

  • Cries of “Nobel prizes are crap” from the sceptics, and “aren’t they all wonderful” from the fans?

    I suppose it is quite an achievement to persuade the “bad IRA” that they don’t need weapons if they’re not going to kill people any more. We should be grateful that the “good IRA” made that case – even if it turns out not to be worth one of those shiny badges and a cheque.

    But if they didn’t get a prize for going into government the first time (albeit, arguably, with guns under the table), are they likely to get one for merely re-entering government?

  • as an aside to the liklihood of a Nobel Peace Prize, what would Gerry do w the 1/4mio Euro (?) which comes with it?

    Doesn’t he claim that, like all SF politicians, he gets a avg workers wage and, I think, any earned elsewhere (books published) is seperate. So where would this Nobel Peace Prize be catagorized – personal earnings or work-related ?

    Reminds me of when Hume & Trimble got their prize. Hume donated his to charity while Trimble kept his. However Trimble (and especially his wife) then got in a hissy fit when asked if they’d follow Hume’s example and donate to charity. I guess he needed it to feel comfortable amongst his new Tory peers at House of Lairds

  • Prince Eoghan

    Trimble

    Can anyone think of a more undeserving winner? I remember seeing him on stage with Bono and Hume, I believe that was the moment that I witnessed the first signs of a red-neck.

  • The Dubliner

    “as an aside to the liklihood of a Nobel Peace Prize, what would Gerry do w the 1/4mio Euro (?) which comes with it?” – anonymous

    Give it to the family of Jean McConville? He refuses to condemn her abduction, mutilation, murder, and dumping of her body into an unmarked grave, denying her childern a Christian burial for the decades that it took a random stranger walking on a beach to stumble upon the remains of her body. It’s hardly surprising that he refuses to condemn her murder since he was the Belfast PIRA Commander who ordered her murder and the architect of the gross abuse of human rights that became infamous as “The Dissapeared.” Sorry, son, but not in your wildest dreams will a Nobel Prize me given to a man who inspired General Pinochet.

  • dublinsfsupporter

    “Indeed an almost phoenix like re-election against the odds could also make her a future leadership contender after the ghastly griz departs his throne…. ”

    Although I am a fan of Gerry Adams, I agree that Mary Lou is a strong contender, and in my view quite possibly the strongest in the field.

  • Prince Eoghan

    >>since he was the Belfast PIRA Commander who ordered her murder and the architect of the gross abuse of human rights that became infamous as “The Dissapeared.” Sorry, son, but not in your wildest dreams will a Nobel Prize me given to a man who inspired General Pinochet.<

  • CTN

    Dubsfs;-

    Could be true save that the ex-FF factor is a turn off for some SF activists, especially when coming to a leadership election.

    October will be an important month for SF with the result of this nomination, the EU decision on the amount of seats for Ireland becoming clearer and a possible British GE….

  • pith

    These awards are of no value whatsoever save to give the nominees and eventual winners a local press statement opportunity. The nominees somewhat crassly often canvass support for themselves.