The newly elected 751-member European Parliament met for the first time in Strasbourg and despite very little politics the media spotlight was on colour, demonstrations and protest slogans.
Twice Oireachtas member Mick Wallace became the first MEP from Wexford to take a seat in Europe since Avril Doyle, and not for the first time, it was Mick’s dress code that grabbed the headlines.
“Irish MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace wore blue and pink T-shirts with an image of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the message “Free Assange, no US extradition” printed on them,” it was reported in the Press.
There are no rules regarding dress code or messages emblazoned on clothing for MEPs, so, perhaps, what Mick wears in the future will be less relevant than his spoken word!
Meanwhile, Verona Murphy Dail candidate for Wexford has congratulated her Fine Gael colleague Mairead McGuinness MEP on her re-election as First Vice-President of the European Parliament.
The MEP secured a massive 134,630 first preference votes topping the poll in her Midlands North-West constituency in May’s European elections.
Ms Murphy believes Mairead McGuinness will continue to act in the best interests of European citizens and of those in Ireland, including Wexford.