Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan was selected at the weekend to contest the Ireland South constituency in the European elections. Another selection convention will follow to select a second candidate
Speaking today, Senator Gavan said:
“We need to see new representation for Ireland South in the EU.
“I want to part of a Sinn Féin team that will deliver change by campaigning for a Europe that supports investment in public services and communities, advances workers rights, protects our environment,and is a voice for social justice both at home and throughout the world.
“The European Union is at a crossroads, and we need to see a transformed European Union that is about building a better future for all, not just the few.
“This ambitious vision cannot be achieved by an EU that remains focused on militarisation, deregulation and privatisation, and that is driven by a neo-liberal ideology that continues to dominate the outlook of the European political groups to which both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael belong.
“A vote for Sinn Féin in the European elections will be a vote for strong representation, for people who will stand up for Irish interests and who will work with others to build a better European Union.”
Note to Editors:
Senator Paul Gavan has served as a Senator since 2016. He is the only current Opposition member to have steered two Bills successfully through all stages of the Seanad – Bills on the Protection of Employee Tips, and the introduction of Safe Access Zones. Government have subsequently introduced legislation to mirror the aims of both Bills introduced by Senator Gavan.
Senator Gavan has also served as a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for the past six years, during which time he has been appointed Rapporteur by the Assembly on two key reports on the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, and was also elected as Vice President of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons.