Green Party members yesterday selected Waterford-based Senator Grace O’Sullivan as the party’s candidate for the South constituency in next May’s European Parliament elections.
Senator O’Sullivan has run for Europe previously in 2014, and was elected to Seanad Éireann in April 2016. She was selected to stand by Green Party members from the constituency.
The proposed expanded Ireland South, which now consists of Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Kerry, Tipperary, Cork, Clare, Limerick, Kilkenny and Carlow as well as Laois and Offaly, will have an extra MEP due to the UK’s exit from the European Parliament, raising its total representation to five MEPs.
Speaking after her selection, Senator O’Sullivan said she was honoured. “Never has a strong Green voice in Europe been more urgent – on all the major issues facing us today – the climate crisis, energy, trade, agriculture, tempering globalisation and promoting a fair, equal and transparent European Union, the Greens are at the forefront of the debate. I want to be the strongest voice possible, and ensure that the South East of Ireland especially is represented well.“