Avril Doye will seek FG presidential nomination
Published 21/06/2011 | 15:21
Former MEP and minister of state Avril Doyle has confirmed her intention to seek the Fine Gael nomination in the presidential election.
Ms Doyle said she was best candidate to represent urban and rural Ireland, and the core Fine Gael values of “honesty, integrity and decency”.
She joins the queue of FG politicians seeking to take over the role of president from Mary McAleese including former European Parliament president Pat Cox, Dublin MEP Gay Mitchell and Ireland East MEP Mairéad McGuinness.
Ms Doyle has been a Fine Gael public representative for thirty five years, serving first as a councillor and former mayor of Wexford town.
She was first elected to the Dáil in the November 1982 election as Fine Gael TD for Wexford.
She also served as a Minister of State in the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition governments of 1982–87 and 1994–97.
When she lost her seat in the 1997 election, she was elected to the European Parliament at the 1999 elections and again in 2004.