Fine Gael select candidates to contest Midlands-North West Euro elections at Athlone convention

Maria Walsh MEP and Nina Carberry have been selected to represent Fine Gael in Midlands-North West Euro elections, the casting of votes for which will take place on Friday, June 7.

The selection convention took place at Sheraton Athlone Hotel during which Simon Harris was elected unopposed as the new Fine Gael leader.

Sitting MEP, Maria Walsh, expressed her delight to be chosen once again as a party candidate for the upcoming European elections.

“I am proud to stand as a progressive candidate, with a proven track record over the past five years. I hope to continue my work in progressing healthcare, rural development, the economy and equality into a second term in Brussels. In particular, I hope to deliver the first ever EU Mental Health Action Plan if re-elected - a much needed strategy given that death by suicide is the second leading cause of death for our young people in the EU.

“Now more than ever, we need competent and transparent politicians representing our nation on the European stage. I look forward to meeting constituents across all 15 counties between now and the election, and asking for their vote to allow me to continue my work as a strong and impactful voice for them at the EU decision-making table.

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to my running mate, Nina Carberry - a fantastic candidate whom I look forward to working with over the coming months to secure two seats for Fine Gael in the Midlands-North West," MEP Walsh said.

New to the political landscape,Nina Carberry, expressed gratitude to Fine Gael members of the Midlands-North West constituency for placing their faith in her as the renowned former jockey faces the electorate for the inaugural occasion in June.

“Having spent two decades travelling the country, I understand the challenges faced by communities spanning rural, urban and commuter belt areas. I want to support the work of farmers and small business owners and to open doors for more educational opportunities for our young people.

“I believe people who feel they can make a difference need to put their hand up to make things happen. My life and career have taught me a lot about reputation, loyalty, enterprise and reward and now is the time for me to give something back.

“I am excited for the challenge of this campaign and am confident in my ability to deliver for Fine Gael and for Midland- North West," Ms Carberry added.


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