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Proinsias De Rossa MEP selected to contest European elections

Posted on March 02, 2009 at 07:24 PM

MEP Proinsias De Rossa - Labour's candidate in forthcoming European elections
Labour's candidate in forthcoming European elections

Yesterday Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD renewed his call to recruit party members during the Dublin European elections selection convention which saw MEP Proinsias De Rossa be reselected as Labour's candidate.

Speaking to a packed-out Liberty Hall Eamon called on party members to redouble their efforts. "Labour's new standing now provides us with a platform for our most successive local government and European election campaigns ever. June 5th will be a crucial day for us, with local European and possibly two by-elections. Translating opinion poll support into votes on election day will require a redoubling of effort at every level from the parliamentary party down to the smallest branch in the country."

Following his selection Proinsias said: "The stronger we make Labour's voice as part of a strong socialist Group in the next European Parliament, the more likely we are to see a powerful European response to support economic recovery in Ireland...

"Now is the time for the Labour Party. This crisis opens up new possibilities for our society and the opportunity to re-order our priorities and re-assert our social values."

Proinsias was nominated by Senator Ivana Bacik and seconded by Jack O'Connor who both also addressed the meeting.

As well as selecting Proinsias to be our European candidate for Dublin the meeting also decided the selection of candidates for the Replacement List, Councillor Emer Costello (Dublin Central) was selected first and Aidan O'Sullivan (Dublin South East) came second.

You can read the full speech delivered by Proinsias following his selection, as well as Eamon's speech in our media centre as well as seeing photographs from the day on Flickr. We also tweeted during the afternoon and you can follow us on Twitter to also follow our updates.


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