NED O'KEEFFE TO RUN FOR EUROPE
Deputy Ned O’Keeffe has confirmed that he will seek his party’s nomination to run as a candidate in the up coming European elections later this year in the Ireland South constituency.
The East Cork TD is set to resign his seat in Dail Eireann and if elected, make the move to the European Parliament.
“I am being nominated right across Munster and have come under pressure at high level to run so I am letting my name go forward. I think that I represent a section of Munster that has been under represented in Europe for ages, the business and the farming sector these are my strong points and these are the areas that need to be brought to the fore in Europe. I would be delighted to represent the people of Munster,” Deputy O’Keeffe said.
The often-controversial TD was first elected to Dail Eireann in 1982 and has since served as Fianna Fail spokesman for Enterprise & Employment and Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture and Food.
On November 28, 2007, during a debate on a motion of no confidence in the then Minister for Health & Children, Mary Harney, Deputy O’Keeffe resigned the Fianna Fail party whip when forced to vote his confidence in the minister. It was not until February 2008 that he was re-admitted to the Fianna Fail parliamentary party.
Thursday 5th March 5:54pm