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IrelandEx-Rose of Tralee Walsh to seek FG nomination for EU elections

10:45  11 february  2019
10:45  11 february  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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The Rose of Tralee International Festival is an international event which is celebrated among Irish communities all over the world. The Festival, held annually in the town of Tralee in County Kerry, takes its inspiration from a 19th-century ballad of the same name about a woman called Mary

Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh at the City West Hotel in Dublin at the Fine Gael conference in November 2018. The 2014 Rose of Tralee winner said she wants to become an MEP to represent the interests of a wide constituency that is "going through many changes".

Ex-Rose of Tralee Walsh to seek FG nomination for EU elections © No_Repro_Fee_Please_credit_CONOR_HEALY_PHOTOGRAPHY Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh is an LGBT activist. Photo: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh will seek the Fine Gael nomination to run in the European elections.

Announcing the decision, the prominent LGBT rights activist said deciding to run for Fine Gael was easy as the party aligns with her "core values".

She will seek the party's nomination to run in the Midlands/North-West constituency at a selection convention in a few weeks' time.

Speaking to the 'Sunday Independent', the Defence Forces reservist defended Fine Gael's handling of the homelessness crisis and suggested that nurses are well paid.

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Maria Walsh , who made history by becoming the first openly gay winner of the Rose of Tralee , is reportedly planning on seeking a nomination for an MEP position with Fine Gael. Should Walsh make an official declaration, she will run for an MEP (Members of the European Parliament) position

Ms Walsh, a native of Shrule, Co Mayo, said the homeless crisis was "universal" and not just a problem in Ireland.

"I think the homeless crisis was not just created in the last three or four years and not just under the Fine Gael Government but created a number of years prior," she added.

On the issue of the nurses' strike, she said the nurses agreed to a "substantial" 2.5pc pay increase under the public sector pay deal, but added that she would like to see everyone involved around the table negotiating a solution to end the industrial action.

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