SF Euro hopeful Carthy defends council-seat bid
SINN Fein Euro candidate Matt Carthy, pictured, has defended his decision to run for Monaghan County Council as well as the European Parliament.
Mr Carthy is tipped to take a seat in the four-seat Midlands-North-West constituency in Friday's Euro election.
But he is the only one of the front-running candidates across the three constituencies who is also standing for a council seat.
He insists that he is not assuming anything just yet – and is as keen as ever to win back his council seat for the Carrickmacross area.
A Sinn Fein spokesman said: "Matt is a serving county councillor and he wants to continue serving his constituents whether it is on Monaghan County Council or in the European Parliament.
"He is taking nothing for granted – if he does not win in Europe he will go back on the council – if he wins in Europe and the council somebody else will get the council seat."
Forty-one candidates are vying for the 11 European seats across three constituencies. Three of these are sitting TDs and three are senators, all of whom would return to Leinster House if they are unsuccessful on Friday.
Eight candidates are outgoing MEPs seeking re-election.
Other candidates are also contesting local elections – but none of them are tipped to take a Euro seat.
Similarly, a number of Dail candidates in the Longford-Westmeath and Dublin West by-elections are also standing for the local councils.
But Fine Gael's candidate in Longford-Westmeath, Cllr Gabrielle McFadden, is not standing for the council nor is Fianna Fail Dublin Euro candidate Cllr Mary Fitzgerald.