Fianna Fáil has chosen two candidates to contest the European elections in the Midlands-North West region.
Sitting MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher and Meath Senator Thomas Byrne were selected by more than 600 party members at a convention in Mullingar, Co Westmeath this afternoon.
Pat the Cope Gallagher from Burtonport in Donegal currently represents the Ireland North West region at the European Parliament. He has previously represented the people of Donegal South West in Dáil Éireann where he served as Minister of State across several Departments.
Senator Thomas Byrne, a father of three from east Meath, represented the people of Co Meath in Dáil Éireann between 2007 and 2011. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011, where he currently holds the position of Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Public Expenditure.