Seventeen candidates are in the running for the four MEP seats to be filled in the Midlands-North West constituency at next month’s elections. Three outgoing MEPs are among those contesting, in a bid to retain their seats in the European Parliament.
Nominations for the European elections closed at midday yesterday, with 14 candidates nominated in this region. Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are running two candidates. Outgoing MEP Mairead McGuinness and Maria Walsh run for Fine Gael, with local TD Brendan Smith and Galway TD Anne Rabbitte running for Fianna Fáil.
Current Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy is running in a bid to keep his seat, with former TD Dominic Hannigan running for the Labour Party. Achill Islander Saoirse McHugh’s running under the Green Party banner, with Cyril Brennan from Sligo running for People Before Profit. Michael O’Dowd from Louth is running for Renua.
Leader of Direct Democracy Ireland Patrick Greene from Drogheda completes the nominees from political parties. Four independent candidates are running, incumbent Luke Ming Flanagan is hoping to keep his seat.
Presidential candidate Peter Casey is running, along with former Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames. Dundalk Doctor Dilip Mahapatra is running as an independent after he failed to be selected by Fianna Fáil. Diarmuid Mulcahy, James Millar and Olive O’Connell will also run as independent candidates.