'Ming' Flanagan to contest the European elections in May - on anti-Euro ticket
OUTSPOKEN independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan has this morning declared his intention to contest the European elections in May.
Making the announcement this morning via Twitter, Mr Flanagan said he will be a candidate on May 23 in the Midlands North West constituency on a largely Euro-sceptic platform.
"I have made the decision to contest the European Election Constituency of Midlands North West," he said in his statement.
"I am doing so because I believe Ireland needs to elect people to the European Parliament that carry with them the message that we have gone too far with this 'European project'. I also, if elected, plan to build on that potential voter base and to create a political environment whereby we could see another 10 independents elected from this region to Dáil Éireann in the spring of 2016," he added.
He said that Ireland is "now no longer a member of a community, we are a member of a Union. A Union which kicked us when we were down. A Union that took the side of the bond holders and left us with a bill of €70billion."
He added: "We heard rejoicing from this government on supposedly regaining our sovereignty. The truth is we are now on a road to giving it up for ever. I believe the future of Ireland and Europe is best served without the Euro currency. The only country that it currently serves is Germany and one country is not Europe."
Mr Flanagan has been a controversial figure in the Dail since his election in Roscommon-South Leitrim constituency in 2011. He has regularly clashed with Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett. In December, Mr Barrett called an emergency meeting of the Dail’s Committee on Procedure and Privileges (CPP) after Mr Flanagan presented a glass of dirty water to Minister of State Fergus O'Dowd in the chamber. Mr Flanagan described the quality of the water in his constituency as “glorified piss’’ and produced a glass of dirty water and crossed the chamber and presented it to the minister. Last year, the Sunday Independent revealed how Mr Flanagan cited a historic Dail law to have penalty points wiped from his driving licence, having previously criticised others for doing so.