Mick Wallace should stay in the Dáil if he wants to attend Dáil committees – Fine Gael MEP candidate Andrew Doyle

Responding to the announcement that Mick Wallace, if elected as an MEP, will keep attending Oireachtas Committees in Leinster House, Andrew Doyle, Fine Gael MEP candidate, Wicklow TD and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, with responsibility for Food, Forestry and Horticulture says:

“My view is simple, If Mick Wallace wants to attend Dáil committees, he should stay in the Dáil. Electing him to Europe so he can attend Dáil committees is bizarre. The schedules of the Dáil and the European Parliament generally clash, so if someone wants to attend Dáil Committees, they would be unable to attend European Parliament. He needs to decide which he wants – the Dáil or Europe. He can’t have both. He needs to commit to one or the other.”

“The European Union is pivotal to Ireland and it is vital for Ireland to remain in the heart of Europe. As we face serious challenges and uncertainty, we can be proud that the EU has stood in solidarity with Ireland. We should not and will not send back even more Eurosceptics to represent us in Europe.”

“Fine Gael is part of the European Peoples Party (EPP) which is the largest party in the European Parliament. This allows MEPs in this group to have more influence, more negotiating ability and direct access to Commissioners, Ministers and key players.”

“In the current Brexit environment, it is essential that we elect an experienced candidate who will promote, fight for and stand up for Leinster, Agri-food, Tourism and Business in Europe. I offer invaluable experience that is pivotal to keeping, Ireland – and Leinster – at the heart of Europe. Ireland needs a strong and effective voice in Europe and I am that voice.”

Andrew Doyle

MEP candidate in the ‘Ireland South’ constituency for Fine Gael

Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture

Wicklow TD

Andrew Doyle is the Fine Gael MEP candidate for the Ireland South constituency in the upcoming European elections. He is currently the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, with responsibility for Food, Forestry and Horticulture.

His long political career has resulted in extensive experience and knowledge at a national, European and global level – across a variety of key topics such as agriculture, food, fisheries, marine, tourism and business. A member of Fine Gael since 1983, Andrew has served the party at every level from constituency chair to County Councillor, to serving as a TD, front bench spokesperson on agriculture, Chair of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, and now as Minister.

The European Union is pivotal to Ireland and it is vital for Ireland to remain in the heart of Europe. Ireland needs a strong and effective voice in Europe – Andrew Doyle is that voice.

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