Fianna Fail TD for Cavan-Monaghan and European Parliament Candidate for Midlands-North-West Brendan Smith has marked Europe Day by calling on the government to acknowledge its full importance by recognising the day annually.

The 9th of May is observed as Europe Day as it marks the presentation of the Schuman Declaration which ultimately led to the European Economic Community and then, the European Union.

Deputy Smith said, “I have had the privilege of travelling around the Midlands-North-West over the past number of months to meet with constituents and hear their views on Europe. The overriding opinion of Europe is a positive one.

“The positive results of European Union membership are tangible in every town and village across our island. A recent poll reveals 92% of us firmly believe we should remain in Europe and work closely with its institutions. At a time of major challenges for the EU we have to ensure that a reformed Europe works better for Ireland and all countries.

“There are estimates that up to a third of the new European Parliament will be anti-Europe. It is vital we send pro-European voices to Brussels and not those who create fear or division in our communities.

“I am calling on the government to recognise Europe Day and create a programme for this yearly event to inform younger generations and celebrate our membership of this most important union,” concluded Deputy Smith.