Maria Walsh hopes to draw on experience of business and farming to win EU Parliament seat

Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh says she wants to use her experience of small business and farming in a bid to win a seat in the European Parliament.

She’s announced her intention to seek a nomination for Fine Gael in the EU elections in May, along with current MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness. The 31 year old businesswoman, who was born in Boston and raised in Mayo, announced her candidacy at the weekend.

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy will also run for re-election, with local TD Brendan Smith seeking the Fianna Fáil nomination. The Green Party and Labour have also selected their candidates. Maria Walsh told The Joe Finnegan Show today that she hopes to use her past experiences to represent the local region: