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MEP Hayes – I’m not ruling out a return

JUNIOR Minister Brian Hayes, who won a European Parliament seat in Dublin, has not ruled out a return to national politics.

Mr Hayes took the third and final seat in the capital after Green Party leader Eamon Ryan sought a recount when he narrowly missed out on being elected.

The high-profile Fine Gael candidate last night hinted that he may return to the domestic scene, saying: “We’ll wait and see. I’m not ruling anything out.”

He said he was “looking forward” to working with newly elected Midlands Northwest Independent MEP Luke Ming’ Flanagan, saying Irish representatives in Brussels must “work together and put the interests of the country first”. “We’re ambassadors not for our parties or the Government, we’re ambassadors for the people.”

Sinn Fein’s Lynn Boylan, who topped the poll in Dublin, told RTE she believed leader Gerry Adam’s claim that he was never a member of the IRA.

Independent Nessa Childers took the second seat in the capital.