“I appreciate entering politics and trying to get a seat at the European Parliament is a daunting task but throughout my life, I have constantly faced obstacles and challenges head on and overcome them.”
The words of Fine Gael’s 31-year-old Maria Walsh who is determined to help advocate for the small businesses - agri and otherwise, to help bring Ireland up to speed on climate change issues, to make 2022 European Year for Mental Health, to support small farmers and advocate for local businesses.
Boston born and raised along the Mayo-Galway border in Shrule, Maria was crowned the 2014 International Rose of Tralee. The platform allowed her to visit many communities and she now lends her voice to Jigsaw Mental Health, that supports young people between the ages of 12-25 and to the Thomas Meagher Foundation. She regularly speaks to students on inclusion and what it means to be a part of ‘Today's Ireland’.
Aged 12, Maria took her Pioneer Pledge and this year will celebrate her 20th anniversary with the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association. She passed out as a two Star 1ACS Trooper for the Reserve Defence Force in 2018, and is currently completing her three Star training with 1MIC. Maria received a Marksmanship Award during her passing out.