Doyle seeks nomination for European elections
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.
I BELIEVE I HAVE THE EXPERIENCE TO MAKE AN IMPACT AT EUROPEAN LEVEL FROM DAY ONE, WHICH IS WHY I AM PUTTING MYSELF FORWARD
Minister of State Andrew Doyle.