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Childers will not contest the 2019 European Parliament elections

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Tuesday 18 Jul 2017

Independent MEP for Dublin, Nessa Childers has announced that she will not run as a candidate in the next European elections in 2019. “Although there are two more years until the next European elections, from this September onwards we will enter a pre-election phase. Therefore I decided to make it known that I will not contest the next European Parliament elections. I will of course continue to work as an MEP in Brussels and Strasbourg until the end of my mandate.

“It was a great privilege to be elected as an independent to the European Parliament in 2014, and I received a strong endorsement from the voters in Dublin. My platform was straightforward – to challenge the orthodoxy of austerity and work for greater transparency in public life. I have always endeavoured to honour this promise though my voting record in the parliament and in my committee work.

“At this point also, I want to acknowledge my two replacements Tom Clonan and Glenna Lynch and thank them for their ongoing support.

“We are witnessing a rise in the politics of hope and solidarity. When people are provided with the choice of inclusive politics they become energised.  We saw this energy in the support for Sanders in the US, Corbyn in the UK and the various grassroots people’s movements across Europe. Citizens campaigns on the Right to Water, and against the trade deals TTIP and CETA have all been part of this trend.

“The next European Parliament elections should provide an opportunity for left wing progressive candidates to build on this momentum.

“Although I will not be a candidate, and will effectively be retiring from active involvement in parliamentary politics in 2019, I will be very mindful about Brexit as MEPs will have to vote on the final deal which should happen during this present European Parliament term.

“Also through my involvement in the Democracy in Europe Movement, I will continue to support and highlight the need to strengthen democracy and promote policies of fairness and inclusivity across the EU.

“To conclude and looking back on my political career, since I was first elected to the parliament in 2009 I have worked in support of progressive and social democratic policies that are designed to put people, jobs and fairness at the heart of Europe.”


Note to the Editor

In the 2014 three-seat Dublin European Parliament elections Nessa Childers was elected to the second seat, Lynn Boylan MEP (Sinn Féin) to the first seat and Brian Hayes MEP (Fine Gael) the third.


Nessa Childers MEP, Independent, Dublin is a non-party member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and is a member of the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Her policy priorities are in the areas of public health and because of this Nessa is also involved in several European Parliament working groups:

  • Co-chair of the European Parliament Mental Health Interest Group
  • Vice chair of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance
  • Co-chair of MEPs Against Cancer and
  • Chair of the European Parliament Working Group on Access to Medicines and Healthcare to combat poverty-related diseases.

Professional background

Prior to being elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2009, Nessa worked in private practice as a psychotherapist for over twenty years. In 1993, along with colleagues, Nessa established the M. Sc. course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Trinity College Dublin, and was course director between 2001 and 2006.

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