We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

plenty of phil

This MEP is appealing for votes on Grindr

She’s not interested in advertising on electricity poles.


LABOUR MEP PHIL Prendergast has taken a unique route in conjuring up votes for the upcoming election – by advertising on the dating app for gay men, Grindr.

While most hopeful candidates are happy to stick their poster on their local electricity poles, Prendergast has targeted her audience and said she is appealing directly to the LGBT community in Ireland for their support, in what is one of the most unique advertising campaigns for an Irish politician.


The MEP for Ireland South today announced her intention to run for President of the LGBT Intergroup of the European Parliament if elected in May, stating that one of her priorities has been the advancement of civil and fundamental rights across the European Union.

I have been one of the loudest voices in the European Parliament on LGBT issues such as homophobic and transphobic bullying, and marriage equality.

I think the importance of having an Irish voice lead the Intergroup is underscored by the fact that in 2015 we will hold the first positively-worded referendum in the world- giving people the option of legalising as opposed to banning- gay marriage.

Read: Prendergast: ‘Pylons are the rape of rural Ireland’>

Read: Labour MEPs: Gay marriage vote should be on same day as local and Euro elections>

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.