CORK’S Deirdre Clune has been selected by Fine Gael to contest the upcoming European Parliament elections for Ireland South.
MEP Clune has been a member of the European Parliament since 2014.
She is a full member of the Parliament’s Transport & Tourism Committee and a substitute on the Employment & Social Affairs committee.
Minister of State for Agriculture and Forestry Andrew Doyle was also selected by Fine Gael to run in the Ireland South.
Former GAA president Seán Kelly was also chosen by Fine Gael as part of a three-candidate ticket.
MEP Kelly was first elected to the European Parliament in 2009.
The Ireland South constituency is due to increase from a four-seater to a five-seater at the next elections taking place in May.
Separately, outgoing general secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation Sheila Nunan was chosen by the Labour Party to contest the European elections in Ireland South.
Ms Nunan was selected at the Labour Party’s convention which took in Cork City yesterday.
She has been a trade union activist throughout her career.
In 2010 Ms Nunan was elected as INTO General Secretary, the first woman to hold the post, which positioned her at the forefront of all recession-era public service pay agreements.