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Sinn Féin name Lynn Ní Bhaoigheallain as Dublin European election candidate

Despite being a native of Tallaght, Ní Bhaoigheallain contested the 2007 general election and 2009 local elections in Kerry.

Lynn Ní Bhaoigheallain
Lynn Ní Bhaoigheallain

THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS may be eight months away but Sinn Féin have their four candidates in place ahead of the June 2014 poll.

The party decided today that Lynn Ní Bhaoigheallain will be their candidate in the Dublin three-seat battle after she defeated Ryan Fitzgerald at a convention in the city this afternoon.

Despite being a native of Tallaght in Dublin, Ní Bhaoigheallain contested the 2007 general election in Kerry South and the 2009 local election in Killarney, failing to be elected on either occasion.

An ecologist, Ní Bhaoigheallain works for an environmental NGO in Dublin and was appointed chairperson of the Safefood Advisory Board in 2010.

Sinn Féin will stand four candidates in the European elections. Sitting MEP, Martina Anderson will contest in North, while Carrickmacross councillor, Matt Carthy will stand in the new Midlands-North-West (MNW) constituency. Liadh Ní Riada will contest the new South constituency.

Consisting of only three-seats, the Dublin European constituency is always a highly competitive contest and although the line-up is far from completed, with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil yet to announce candidates, it is likely to be so again.

Current Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald was the party’s candidate last time out, coming in fifth place.

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