Monday 25 March 2019

Former minister Barry Andrews to run for Fianna Fáil in European elections

Barry Andrews. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Barry Andrews. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Former minister Barry Andrews has been selected as Fianna Fáil’s Dublin candidate for European elections.

The Dun Laoghaire-based politician topped an internal party poll that also included Mary Hanafin, Tiernan Brady and Conor Lenihan.

Mr Andrews got 340 first preference votes from the turnout of 838 delegates.

Ms Hanafin’s finished second, having received 199 votes. She was followed by Mr Brady with 191 and Conor Lenihan on 108.

Mr Andrews has previously represented the party at local and national level.

He lost his Dáil seat in 2011 and has since worked as CEO of GOAL and most recently was Director General of the International Institute of European Affairs.  

Speaking at the convention, he said: “Dublin has been without a Fianna Fáil voice in Brussels and Strasbourg for too long. It is clear from the level of engagement in this selection process, the membership of the party are determined to fix that and I am very excited at the prospect of working with them.

“At such a crucial time for Europe and Ireland, with the impact of Brexit still largely unknown, a strong voice for Dublin is more important than ever.”

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: “Four formidable advocates for our party have put a huge effort into this selection process and I want to commend them all for what was a tough but respectful campaign.  This process has energised the party in the capital and I am confident that we will be in a position to mount a very strong and credible bid for a seat in the European Parliament for Dublin.

“In Barry, we have a candidate who will represent our party and Dublin with distinction. I wish to congratulate him on his selection and I look forward to working with Barry in the months ahead, along with colleagues in the other two Euro constituencies to make sure that when the new European Parliament begins its work in July, it is doing so with a fresh team of excellent Fianna Fáil MEPS."

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