Fine Gael backs Tipperary man for European elections.

Kerry North Fine Gael are backing Mr. Rickard Deasy to contest the European elections in June. At a meeting on Sunday Mr. Rickard Deasy was nominated along with Cork TD. Simon Conveney. Rickard Deasy from North Tipperary has already been proposed by Fine Gael in Kerry South and in Tipperary and Waterford. He formerly worked in Brussels for 22 years as a senior EU official and has held different posts in the European Economic and Social Committee. It is thought that a third candidate Senator Michael Finucane of Limerick may join the race. Nominations close on the 17th February and a convention in Cork at the end of the month is expected to select one or two candidates.