Sunday 21 July 2019

Dominic Hannigan looking for Labour nod for Euro bid

Hubert Murphy

Former Labour TD Dominic Hannigan has declared his interest in contesting next year's European elections.

He made the announcement last week after the constituencies were changed to take account of the re-assignment of the UK's seats post-Brexit. The changes mean that Ireland will get an extra two seats.

Hannigan intends to run in the 4-seat Midlands-North-West constituency, which runs across Ireland from east to west, and includes the territory north of the M6 Galway to Dublin Motorway. The constituency includes all of Louth.

"I am running because I'm worried about the direction that Europe is taking and so I want to get involved to help to build and shape a more progressive Europe.

'If I'm nominated I will be the only candidate for the Party of European Socialist in this constituency,' he stated.

Hannigan is a long-time party member and has represented the party first as a Councillor in Meath, then as a Senator and then for 5 years as a TD for Meath East. In the Dail he spent four years as the Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs.

Born and educated in Drogheda, after secondary school at St Mary's CBS he attended UCD, where he graduated in civil engineering. Following this he did a Master's Degree in Finance at the University of London. He worked for a engineering company until becoming a full time public representative in 2004. Since the 2016 election he has created a small distillery which now employs 6 people. He's also a member of SIPTU.

The party's selection convention will most likely be within the next two months.

Drogheda Independent