Friday, 31 October 2014

All-rounder Paschal has strong commitment to area

Former Senator, award winning broadcaster and journalist, Paschal Mooney, has a strong personal commitment to the North and West.

A native of Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, Paschal understands the specific challenges faced by the Border, Midlands and West region and the need for EU assistance. He will work hard to gain every advantage for the residents of Roscommon and is determined to find European solutions to local concerns. He will fight to protect the farming and fishing industry and push for better job creation and tourism through EU support. He will also fight to protect Ireland’s cultural, linguistic and national diversities within the European Union and for increased financial support for Roscommon’s Small and Medium Size Enterprises.

Paschal Mooney understands the specific challenges faced by smaller towns and rural communities and their need for a firm commitment from the EU. A former Councillor and Senator, Paschal Mooney will use his experience to make sure your voice is heard on the European stage. He has served on a number of European bodies including the Council of Europe and the WEU Parliamentary Assembly. He presented several reports to the Council of Europe. 

Paschal was the first Irishman to be elected Chairman of the Council of Europe Human Rights Committee and has also served on the Joint House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Forum on Europe. He is the Honorary President of Co. Leitrim Cómhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and a lifelong member of the Community Games. Paschal was first elected to the Seanad in 1987 and retained his seat at each subsequent election until 2007. In April 2008, he was nominated to the position of Chairman of Fáilte Ireland North West. 

Paschal Mooney is an award winning journalist and broadcaster and has successfully documented the Irish experience abroad. Paschal is the third generation of his family to contribute to public service locally and nationally. His grandfather Andrew Mooney served as a member of Leitrim County Council from 1920-1943. His father, Joseph Mooney was a former member of the Seanad (1961-65) and Leitrim County Council. His late Mother, Eva Mooney, also served as a member of Leitrim County Council (1988-91).