Ireland South MEP Phil Prendergast says she is committed to run in next May’s European Elections having already received backing from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament.
“I’ve the support of the S&D group in the European Parliament and I have every confidence the Labour Party will also back me ahead of next month’s convention.
She said over the last three years she has had a track record of hard work, both as a legislator in the European Parliament on the Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee, where she has been responsible for a number of important pieces of legislation, particularly concerning workers’ rights and consumer rights.
“I have visited practically every town and village in Ireland South over the past three years, I’ve listened and I feel I know what people want from their MEPs and I believe I am the most qualified person for the job.
“I have support and knowledge not just in one county but across all of the ten counties in the newly drawn constituency, which will be crucial if Labour is to retain its seat.
“If another candidate, such as Senator John Gilroy wishes to seek a second Ireland South nomination from the party, I have no problem with his ambitions.
“However, I refute suggestions from one Sunday newspaper that I lack support in Cork from the Labour Party, as Cork South West TD Michael McCarthy and numerous other members have supported my campaign for next May’s European elections.”