Fianna Fáil has selected Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick to be its candidate in the Dublin constituency in this May’s elections to the European Parliament.

Over 700 party members from the capital participated in today’s convention, which is the first time that the party’s members have all had a vote in selecting candidates for Europe.

Speaking at the convention Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: “With Mary as our candidate I believe we have a really strong chance of winning a seat in Dublin and electing someone who will be a first rate MEP.

“In the last four years Mary has been an incredibly active and successful leader of our group on Dublin City Council. She’s worked to protect local services and push for more action to support job creation in our capital.

“Time and again Mary has shown that she can work across different communities and will never step back when it comes to her principles.

“This is the first time all of our members in Dublin have had a direct choice in selecting our candidate for Europe. I’m delighted that so many have participated and I have no doubt this confirms that we are going to have a great campaign in Dublin.”

Cllr Fitzpatrick said: “It’s an honour to have won the support of the ordinary members of the Fianna Fáil party.

“Dublin needs a strong and active voice in Europe to push its interests and those of our country. Europe is not the answer to all our problems, but it could and should be doing more to help create growth which brings decent jobs.

“Our arrogant and complacent government has a policy of just waiting for things to turn up. I believe we need a more active voice in Europe and that is the role I want to play.

“We have a strong message and a real determination to win this seat. I will do everything I can over the next four months to make this happen.”