Emer Costello to contest European seat in the capital
LABOUR has chosen sitting MEP Emer Costello as its only Dublin candidate in the European elections.
Three hundred delegates at a convention in Liberty Hall yesterday endorsed the former lord mayor as their only candidate for the three-seat constituency.
Party leader Eamon Gilmore struck a bullish note, saying he did not believe the local council and European elections on May 23 would be difficult for his party.
Labour also chose two substitutes who would ultimately be called upon to replace Ms Costello if she were elected and had to leave the post for any reason. These are Cllr Andrew Montague of Ballymun and national party chairwoman Loraine Mulligan.
Ms Costello has been a member of the European Parliament since February 2012 when she took over after Proinsias De Rossa retired. She told the conference the parliament now has real power in the EU system.
Ms Costello is known for her campaigning on several issues, especially in Dublin inner city. However, she faces stiff competition with eight candidates already known to be contesting Dublin.
Fianna Fail has nominated Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick and Fine Gael is set to endorse Brian Hayes.
Socialist MEP Paul Murphy is standing, and others include Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, People Before Profit's Brid Smith, Independent candidate Nessa Childers and Lynn Boylan of Sinn Fein.