President of the European Parliament from 2002 to 2004, he was a member of the European Parliament from 1989 to 2004. A journalist and former television presenter with RTÉ’s Today Tonight current affairs programme, he was elected to the Dáil representing Cork South-Central for the Progressive Democrats in 1992. Since 2012 he has led a European Parliament monitoring mission in Ukraine, and since 2015 he has been the president of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe.

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