MEP Maria Walsh launches European Election bid for second term in Brussels

Sitting MEP Maria Walsh is bidding for a second term in the European Parliament, having officially launched her re-election campaign this week. 

MEP Walsh’s campaign was launched by Minister for Rural Development and Social Protection, and Fine Gael Deputy Leader, Heather Humphreys. Ministers Alan Dillon and Hildegarde Naughton, Deputy Michael Ring and former MEP Jim Higgins also spoke at the event in the TF Royal Hotel in Castlebar on Monday evening. 

MEP Walsh was joined by friends and family, Fine Gael members from across the Midlands-North West, Councillors, Senators and local election candidates. 

Speaking at the event, Maria Walsh, MEP for Midlands-North West, said:  

“Nobody will be surprised to hear that the transition from Rose of Tralee to MEP was not the most traditional route into politics, but after five years in the European Parliament, I have a strong track record to share. 

“As a farmer myself, I understand the challenges faced by small family farms in the West of Ireland. As an MEP, I have worked hard to protect the incomes of our young farmers, our female farmers and our hardworking family farmers – to ensure financial viability into the future for the next generation of farmers. 

“Over the past five years, I have campaigned day in and day out to put mental health on the European political agenda. Death by suicide is the second leading cause of death for our young people in the EU. To combat this crisis, I have worked closely with President Ursula Von der Leyen to ensure mental health is accounted for across EU policy. 

“I am proud to be from the West of Ireland and I bring that pride with me into the heart of the European Union. Throughout my time as an MEP, I have been a strong voice for the West; calling for a much-needed Veterinary College within ATU, fighting for 100% redress for mica and pyrite homeowners and championing the Western Rail Corridor – which secured much needed EU funding just last week.

Speaking about the importance of the upcoming elections, MEP Walsh said:

“As a country, we currently find ourselves at a crossroads and June 7th will be telling of the future we want for our State. We face a choice, in particular at a European level, between populism and division, or pragmatism and compassion. 

“Now more than ever, we need politicians who stand for the truth and aren’t afraid to face it. 

We need politicians who are balanced, sensible and committed to the institutions they serve. 

“And crucially, we need politicians who are focused on truly delivering for their constituents.”