Monday 14 October 2019

Former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald set to be selected as Fine Gael's candidate to run in the European Elections

Frances Fitzgerald Picture: Frank McGrath
Frances Fitzgerald Picture: Frank McGrath
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

FORMER Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald is set to be selected as Fine Gael's candidate to run in the European Elections in Dublin after she was the only person to have their name put forward.

The closing date for nominations was last Friday and Fine Gael members have been told that Ms Fitzgerald is the only nominee.

The selection convention is to be held on Wednesday evening.

Speaking after she went public with her bid for a European Parliament seat Ms Fitzgerald said the upcoming election was critical for Ireland due to Brexit.

"It is probably the most important European election ever as far as Ireland is concerned and I believe with my experience of ministries and my experience at EU council meetings that I would be going forward as a strong and credible candidate," Ms Fitzgerald said.

Dublin currently has three sitting MEPs, but long-time Fine Gael politician and former minister Brian Hayes announced he will not contest the forthcoming election.

The constituency will get an extra seat due to Brexit and the expected lack of UK MEPs in the next European Parliament.

There has been speculation that Fine Gael will run two candidates in Dublin.

Ms Fitzgerald was forced to resign from Cabinet over a controversy involving Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

However, the Disclosures Tribunal found she acted appropriately in her role as justice minister.

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