Harkin Backs Ming


Luke Ming Flanagan MEP, Catherine Connolly TD, Thomas Pringle TD, Marian Harkin MEP

Luke Ming Flanagan MEP, Catherine Connolly TD, Thomas Pringle TD, Marian Harkin MEP

Outgoing independent MEP for Midlands Northwest Marian Harkin has asked the public to vote Luke Ming Flanagan No. 1 in the European Parliament elections on Friday.

Harkin threw her support behind her independent colleague yesterday, Monday 20th May 2019, at the Maldron Hotel in Oranmore, Co. Galway, along with Independents4Change TDs Thomas Pringle TD and Catherine Connolly TD. A video posted on social media shows the three independent politicians giving their different reasons for supporting Ming.

“Well, I’m giving Luke my number one this time. I’m doing that for two reasons.” said Marian Harkin, who has been an MEP for the region since 2004.

“First of all, it's absolutely crucial that we maintain an independent link between Irish people and the European institutions, whether that's carers or credit unions, farmers or business, workers, community volunteers, whatever. That independent link is crucial.” 

“Ming and I don’t agree about everything, but we have a lot of common ground.” admitted the Sligo based MEP.

“Secondly, some people might say to me, (who supported me) ‘but Marian, you’re pro-European?

What about Ming?’ Well I know Ming is supportive; of Ireland remaining in the EU, and he's supportive of the EU, however, he wants reform, which we all do and he's well prepared to challenge for what's in the best interests of his constituents, but he knows like the rest of us, that one of the best ways of achieving that is to work with other MEPs. He's getting my number one vote!”

Donegal TD Thomas Pringle, who has been canvasing with Ming around the Midlands Northwest constituency said “I’ve known Luke since 2011, since we were both elected to the Dáil together. He has shown through the work that he's carried out in relation to the protection of farmers and putting small farmers right across the west of Ireland first in the Common Agricultural Policy, which is vitally important, and he needs to get back into Europe to continue that work to make sure a small farmers can be looked after.”

Mr Pringle went on to say “In terms of PESCO and the work he’s doing in relation to that. Only for Luke, we wouldn't have anybody from the European Parliament side that has shown us what is actually involved and the threat to our neutrality.”

Finally, Catherine Connolly TD added her reasons for supporting Luke.

“There’s only so much spin one can take” said the TD for Galway. “We need a strong independent honest voice”

“I’ve absolutely no hesitation in saying I’ll be voting for Luke on Friday. After three years in the Dáil, I have to say the one thing I've learned is the importance of strong independent voice. We have made a huge difference in the Dáil in relation to the nature of the debate and the subjects of the discussion and similarly in Europe, Ming has made an enormous difference to the narrative and now more than ever it's really important to have somebody that can challenge the narrative that's coming from Europe.”

Speaking in Oranmore, Luke Ming Flanagan said he was blown away by the endorsements. Responding to his colleagues, he said “The phrase ‘it’s an honour’ is probably overused but it really is an honour that you’ve come out to support me.”

Luke Ming Flanagan is running as an independent in the European elections on May 24th 2019 in the Midlands Northwest constituency. The constituency covers Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal in Ulster; all five counties of Connacht (Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Galway and Mayo); and five of the counties in Leinster - Kildare, Longford, Louth, Meath and Westmeath.