Sunday 22 October 2017

'Ming' Flanagan picks garda whistleblower as substitute candidate

Independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan
Independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan
Garda whistleblower John Wilson
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

LUKE 'Ming' Flanagan has chosen garda whistleblower John Wilson as his substitute candidate for the European elections.

Under the European Parliament election rules, candidates must nominate a replacement who would take their seat should they resign or pass away during their tenure.

Political parties can nominate up to six substitutes and independents can put forward four replacements.

Mr Flanagan, who is running as an independent in the Midlands North West constituency, chose Mr Wilson and his parliamentary assistant Pat Fitzpatrick as his replacement candidates.

Mr Wilson, who was canvassing with Mr Flanagan in Cavan on Friday, said he was "honoured" to be selected for the position but does not envisage he will have to take up the role.

"I don't anticipate it happening," he told the Sunday Independent.

The retired garda, who with his colleague Maurice McCabe revealed the failings in the penalty point system, planned to run as an independent candidate in the local elections.

However, he was forced to withdraw his name from the race when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer last month.

"I'm mentally strong but physically I'm not strong enough and I don't take anything for granted," he said.

Mr Flanagan said he chose Mr Wilson for the position because he believes he is "guided by his conscience and nothing else".

Sunday Independent

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