Senator Byrne to run for Europe
Sitting MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher and Meath's Senator Byrne were selected by more than 600 party members at a convention in Mullingar at the weekend to contest the Midlands-North West region.
Senator Byrne, a father of three, represented the people of Co. Meath in Dáil Éireann between 2007 and 2011. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011, where he currently holds the position of Fianna Fáil's Spokesperson on Public Expenditure.
'Europe has the resources to make an impact on the challenges facing our people, but I believe that over the last decade Europe's creativity, energy and direction have all suffered as the institutions struggled and largely failed to cope with the emerging financial crisis.
'There is now an opportunity for new voices to renew that European vision and articulate a vision for the future of our country in Europe. I believe I have the experience, passion and ideas to be a voice for the Irish people in Europe and I look forward to making my case to the people of the Midlands and North West,' he said.
Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin said members have selected a first rate ticket for the Midlands-North West constituency.
'It's great that Pat will be joined on the ticket by one of our most dynamic representatives and indeed one of the most effective legislators in Leinster House, senator Thomas Byrne. In the face of an ever more arrogant and out of touch government he hasn't stepped back from the fight. He has been a leader on issues which are vital for ordinary people.'