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Emily O'Reilly  

European Ombudsman European Union Ireland

Irish Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has been elected European Ombudsman.

She is the first Irishwoman to hold the position after a vote in the European Parliament this morning.

Ms O'Reilly has been Ireland's Ombudsman since 2003.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulated her on her election.

She said: "I send my congratulations to Emily O'Reilly on this great achievement. It is an indication of her high calibre as a candidate and of the quality of the presentations she made. The fact that she had the full support of Irish MEPs is testament to her many years of work as Irish Ombudsman

"I am delighted to wish her well in her appointment to her new role protecting the rights of EU citizens."


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