Barry Andrews selected as Dublin candidate for European elections
Published on: 23 January 2024
Following his selection, he said, “It has been an honour to represent Dublin in the European Parliament for the past four and a half years and it is a privilege to be selected again as Fianna Fáil’s candidate in Dublin. I look forward to campaigning across Dublin over the next four months, engaging with voters and hearing about the issues that are important to them.
"As an open trading economy at a time of increasing protectionism, it is important that Ireland makes the case for trade and competitiveness. Ireland's membership of the EU means we enjoy the benefits of both the Single Market and Free Trade Agreements, supporting more opportunities for sustainable development.
“It is clear to me that migration is a key issue in Dublin, and across the country, and people are keen to know what part the European Union has to play in this. There needs to be a clear and open discussion about what our obligations are as a Member State while also ensuring that the systems that Ireland has in place are adequate to meet these obligations.
“Sustainability and the Green Deal are high on the agenda for me as I know they are for many people. I have worked extremely hard in this area - particularly on sustainability around fashion and the emergence of 'fast fashion' and the harmful impact that is having and there is still a long way to go to tackle this issue.
“2024 is one of the most pivotal years for global democracy ever. More than 40 elections across the world are going to shape our future for many years to come. At home in Ireland we have to play our part to ensure we elect MEPs who are not going to pander to far right ideologies, who are not going to support Russia in their war against Ukraine and MEPs who are going to support a ceasefire in Gaza unconditionally. I have been on the right side of these issues in the European Parliament and if re-elected will continue to be the right side on behalf of the people of Dublin.”