Nigel Farage has shown the “warped and damaging” impact individual politicians in Brussels can have on domestic issues, according to MEP candidate Clare Daly.
Ms Daly, running in the Dublin constituency, said the rise of the far-right and Brexit demonstrates there is a direct correlation between what happens in the European Parliament and Dublin.
At a debate between Dublin candidates last night, she said Mr Farage is an example of how the EU has left its citizens behind.
“In a warped and damaging way that individual shows you can go to Europe and make a difference,” she said.
“Brexit and a rise in the far right,” she added, shows “the EU has left behind its citizens and it needs to address that.”
Dublin candidate Mark Durkan said Brexit has proven people need to take ownership of issues in Europe.
However, he added he will not move south from Northern Ireland to Dublin to vote for himself in the upcoming election because it would not be “the honest thing to do”.
Mr Durkan was controversially selected to run for Fine Gael alongside former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.
He lives in Northern Ireland, is a former SDLP leader and previously said he will live in the North if elected.
The 58-year-old was unable to name four streets in the capital earlier this year when he launched his campaign.
They were speaking at a debate as part of a special recording of Independent.ie’s ‘Floating Voter Podcast’ at the Jameson Distillery, Bow Street, in Dublin city centre last night with Fianna Fáil candidate Barry Andrews and the Green’s Ciarán Cuffe.
Mr Cuffe said climate change was one the biggest election issues: “If there is a need for a war in the years ahead it is a war against climate change.”
Mr Andrews, a former TD and minister, said the election for him is about more than a way back in to politics.
He was elected to the Dáil in 2002 and held his seat until the 2011 General Election.
In 2008 he was appointed Minister of State for Children and responded to the Ryan Report on Institutional Abuse on behalf of the Government.
Most recently he worked as chief executive of the charity Goal and was director general of the International Institute of European Affairs (IIEA).
“I want to take what I learned in the [IIEA] and put it into practice,” he said.
Three candidates are guaranteed to secure seats in the election.
A fourth candidate will then secure a spot once Britain leaves the EU as the capital was one of two Irish constituencies to gain a seat in the European Parliament’s redistribution of UK seats post-Brexit.
Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan is the only sitting MEP contesting the election in Dublin after Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes and Independent Nessa Childers declared they were not intent of seeking re-election.
Clare Daly is a sitting Independents4Change TD in Dublin Fingal and has been critical of a “broken” EU. She had previously endorsed the Workers’ Party candidate Éilis Ryan before deciding to hand in her own nomination papers.
Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe is a former junior minister and with climate high on the agenda running up to the election is looking to make himself “transfer friendly”.
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