Donegal South WestNorth-West Area
Born March 1948 Burtonport, Co. Donegal. Married to Anne. Educated at Dungloe High School: St. Enda's College, Galway: University College Galway (B.Comm. Hons.). Former fish processor and fish exporter. Full-time Public Represenatative. First elected to Dáil Éireann in 1981 and in each subsequent election untill 1997 when Pat "The Cope" became a Member of the European Parliament.
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP is urging Irish food, drink and seafood companies to fully participate in a new EU food promotion fund worth €883 million for the period 2014 to 2020. The European Parliament will vote to approve the Herranz Garcia Report tomorrow (15 April 2014) on the promotion of agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries. Read More | Share
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP has said today that the results of a recent study into internet use by children is "deeply concerning." The European Commission sponsored study called "Net Children Go Mobile" was completed recently following two years of research in five EU countries: Ireland, the UK, Denmark, Italy and Romania. Read More | Share
MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher today welcomed the adoption of a proposal to end all mobile roaming charges by the end of 2015 in the European Parliament. Mr Gallagher hailed the move as a major step forward for the EU towards reforming the single telecoms market. Since 2007 successive pieces of EU legislation implemented have meant roaming costs for calls and texts have been reduced by 80%, while data roaming has been reduced by 90%. Read More | Share
Pat the Cope has welcomed an announcement by the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation (KFO) that they in conjunction with Norwegian firm Biomarine Science Technology have agreed to develop the world's largest bio-marine ingredients facility in Killybegs. Read More | Share
The EU Horizon 2020 programme offers great opportunities for Irish third level colleges and businesses throughout the Midlands-North-West constituency. This funding is needed to carry out key research projects over the next seven years according to Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP. Read More | Share
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP has called on the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, to highlight to US President Barack Obama, the issue of the undocumented Irish living in the United States. Read More | Share
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP has called on the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to intervene on the issue of the introduction of the HGV Road User Levy. This will see the introduction of a discriminatory tax by the British government on Irish hauliers using Northern Irish roads from the 1st of April. Read More | Share
MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the publication of a new report by the Irish Farmers Association entitled "Removing Barriers to Irish Aquaculture Development." The report highlights the severe bureaucracy and red tape affecting the fish farming sector in Ireland. Read More | Share
MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has strongly dismissed two misleading accusations from the Sinn Féin candidate, in the Midlands-North West concerning a vote on the Troika Enquiry Report, which occurred in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 13 March. Read More | Share
Minister of State at the Dept. of Environment, Heritage and Local Government 2002-04. Elected MEP for Connacht/Ulster 1994-2002. Minister of State for Marine & Galetacht 1987-94. Member of Donegal County Council 1979-91: Former Chairman 1985-86. Member of the Donegal Vocational Education Committee 1986-99. Member of the Board of Management of the Tourism College, Killybegs 1985-99. Former Treasurer of the Union for Europe of the Nations Group. Member of the following European Parliament Committees: Fisheries 1994-2002: Economic & Monetary 1994-99: Industry & Energy 1999-2002. Chairperson of Rosses Community School, Dungloe.