Doyle seeks nom­i­na­tion for Euro­pean elec­tions

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - BY DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

Wick­low TD An­drew Doyle is to seek the Fine Gael nom­i­na­tion for Ire­land South in up­com­ing the Euro­pean Elec­tions.

Min­is­ter Doyle, who is cur­rently Min­is­ter of State for Food, Forestry and Hor­ti­cul­ture, an­nounced his in­ten­tion to pur­sue a ca­reer as an MEP last week, hav­ing served as a TD since 2007.

He will seek the nom­i­na­tion at the Fine Gael Ire­land South se­lec­tion con­ven­tion this Sun­day, March 3.

He said that Brexit has high­lighted how im­por­tant Euro­pean mem­ber­ship is to Ire­land and that he be­lieves his ex­pe­ri­ence to date will en­sure that he can make a pos­i­tive im­pact at Euro­pean level.

‘Over the past three years as Min­is­ter of State, I have been heav­ily in­volved in the gov­ern­ment’s Brexit prepa­ra­tions within the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. I have rep­re­sented the Ir­ish gov­ern­ment, meet­ing with del­e­ga­tions from our Euro­pean part­ners and fur­ther afield, as we at­tempt to open up new mar­kets to Ir­ish pro­duce. I de­liv­ered Ire­land’s na­tional state­ment to the High Level Po­lit­i­cal Fo­rum for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment and met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the World Food Pro­gramme to dis­cuss chal­lenges fac­ing that or­gan­i­sa­tion and how they can sup­port im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals agreed by the United Na­tions,’ he said.

Min­is­ter Doyle also out­lined his ex­pe­ri­ence chair­ing meet­ings at Con­fer­ence of the United Na­tions Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion, which fo­cused on cli­mate change, agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity.

‘I be­lieve I have the ex­pe­ri­ence to make an im­pact at Euro­pean level from day one, which is why I am putting my­self for­ward for nom­i­na­tion. I have been a mem­ber of Fine Gael since 1983. Dur­ing that time our coun­try has changed con­sid­er­ably, how­ever the core ten­ants of the party - equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity, free en­ter­prise and re­ward, se­cu­rity, in­tegrity and hope – re­main the same,’ he said.

An­drew Doyle started his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer as a mem­ber of Wick­low County Coun­cil in 1999 and was elected to Dáil Éire­ann in 2007, where he be­came the Deputy Spokesper­son on Agri­cul­ture with spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity for Food and Hor­ti­cul­ture.

In 2010, he was pro­moted to the op­po­si­tion front­bench as the spokesper­son for Agri­cul­ture.

Fol­low­ing re-elec­tion in 2011, he was ap­pointed Chair of the Agri­cul­ture Com­mit­tee.

In the Dáil, he in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion en­ti­tled ‘Food (Fair Trade and In­for­ma­tion) Bill 2009’ to pro­vide in the in­ter­ests of the com­mon good, for the pro­hi­bi­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties which pre­vent, re­strict or dis­tort fair trade in gro­cery goods in the State, and to pro­vide for in­for­ma­tion on the gro­cery trade in Ire­land to be gath­ered and pub­lished.

Min­is­ter Doyle also pro­duced the first ever par­lia­men­tary re­port on the Off­shore Oil and Gas sec­tor in 2012 which called for a new fis­cal li­cenc­ing regime in Off­shore Oil and Gas ex­plo­ration off the coast of Ire­land.

He is mar­ried to Ann with whom he has four chil­dren.


Min­is­ter of State An­drew Doyle.

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