Thursday, 18 December 2014

FF convention on Sunday

Paul Healy 

Fianna Fáil is to hold a selection convention for the North West Euro constituency this weekend.

The convention will take place in the TF Royal Hotel and Theatre in Castlebar on Sunday 5th April at 4 pm. The four people who will contest the convention are sitting MEP Seán Ó Neachtain, former Senator Pascal Mooney, former ICMSA leader Pat O’Rourke and Gerard O’Connor, secretary of the Dromore West comhairle ceantair in Sligo. Every Fianna Fáil cumann in the Euro constituency is entitled to one vote at the convention.

  Meanwhile in other European election news journalist and commentator Susan O’Keeffe is seeking the Labour Party nomination in the Ireland West constituency in the European elections.

  Reacting to the news, Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore, “Susan O’Keeffe is a person of the highest integrity and remarkable courage with an outstanding record as a campaigning journalist. She is remembered in particular for the role she played as in exposing mal-practices in the beef industry, which ultimately led to the establishment of the Beef Tribunal.” 

 Fianna Fáil’s decision to join the Liberal Group in the European Parliament calls into question their commitment to farmers, Libertas candidate Declan Ganley said this week.

The Liberal group has traditionally been hostile to farming interests, and their co-ordinator on the EU Parliament’s agriculture committee Niels Busk MEP said in 2007, that, “Direct Support to farmers must be further reduced”.