Do­minic Han­ni­gan look­ing for Labour nod for Euro bid

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By HUBERT MUR­PHY

FOR­MER Labour TD Do­minic Han­ni­gan has de­clared his in­ter­est in con­test­ing next year’s Euro­pean elec­tions.

He made the an­nounce­ment last week af­ter the con­stituen­cies were changed to take ac­count of the re-as­sign­ment of the UK’s seats post-Brexit. The changes mean that Ire­land will get an ex­tra two seats.

Han­ni­gan in­tends to run in the 4-seat Mid­lands-North-West con­stituency, which runs across Ire­land from east to west, and in­cludes the ter­ri­tory north of the M6 Gal­way to Dublin Mo­tor­way. The con­stituency in­cludes all of Louth.

“I am run­ning be­cause I’m wor­ried about the di­rec­tion that Europe is tak­ing and so I want to get in­volved to help to build and shape a more pro­gres­sive Europe.

‘If I’m nom­i­nated I will be the only can­di­date for the Party of Euro­pean So­cial­ist in this con­stituency,’ he stated.

Han­ni­gan is a long-time party mem­ber and has rep­re­sented the party first as a Coun­cil­lor in Meath, then as a Se­na­tor and then for 5 years as a TD for Meath East. In the Dail he spent four years as the Chair­man of the Oireach­tas Com­mit­tee on Euro­pean Af­fairs.

Born and ed­u­cated in Drogheda, af­ter se­condary school at St Mary’s CBS he at­tended UCD, where he grad­u­ated in civil en­gi­neer­ing. Fol­low­ing this he did a Mas­ter’s De­gree in Fi­nance at the Univer­sity of Lon­don. He worked for a en­gi­neer­ing com­pany un­til be­com­ing a full time pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tive in 2004. Since the 2016 elec­tion he has cre­ated a small dis­tillery which now em­ploys 6 peo­ple. He’s also a mem­ber of SIPTU.

The party’s se­lec­tion con­ven­tion will most likely be within the next two months.

Do­minic Han­ni­gan

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