Cork-based Senator John Gilroy has confirmed that he will challenge outgoing MEP, Phil Prendergast, for the Labour party nomination to contest the European elections in the Ireland South constituency.
His announcement follows the Labour party’s decision to hold a selection convention on Sunday, February 23, with the venue likely to be either Limerick or Waterford, and the party’s decision to have only one candidate.
Commenting on the party’s announcement, Senator Gilroy said - “I have no personal gripe with the outgoing MEP, Phil Prendergast. Phil fulfilled a role after she took over from Alan Kelly when he was elected to the Dáil. However, I have the experience and energy needed to offer a better way of representing the people of Ireland South in the European Parliament. I am also sure that my ability to win votes across my home base of Cork city and county will be a vital factor in retaining the seat for Labour.
“I confirm that I will seek the Labour nomination for Ireland South Euro constituency at the selection convention. I intend to give party members a choice about who will contest this important election. It is good for democracy that nominations are contested and it shows that the party is in good heart.”