Donegal MEP, Pat the Cope Gallagher has scotched rumours that he was not going to seek another term in the European Parliament.
Mr. Gallagher said he will seek the Fianna Fáil nomination to contest the Midlands-North-West Euro constituency at the March 15th convention in Mullingar.
“Rumours of my demise in European politics have been very premature,” he said.
Mr. Gallagher called the upcoming elections, “the most important elections since we were firstly elected to the parliament” and said the forthcoming campaign should focus on how legislation from the European Parliament “affects the everyday lives of all citizens and local communities throughout the country”.
He was elected to the European Parliament in 1994, 1999 and 2009.
He is a member of the committees on fisheries and on regional development in the European Parliament, and chairperson of the delegation with relations to Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and the European economic area. He was involved in the recent Common Fisheries Policy negotiations.
Mr. Gallagher said he will ask “members of Fianna Fáil within the new enlarged constituency to support my nomination”.
He said he was unfazed by the size of the new 15-county constituency, saying he will “continue to provide a service to all corners” of the constituency.