Green Party's Saoirse McHugh eliminated from European Parliament race 3 months ago

Green Party's Saoirse McHugh eliminated from European Parliament race

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Saoirse McHugh has been eliminated from the European Parliament race.

The Green Party candidate was eliminated from the Midlands North West constituency race on the 14th count in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The count is expected to finish up later this evening.

McHugh, who has been a champion for climate change action and environmental change, said that she wanted to run for a seat because she is "worried."

"I'm angry because our governments refuse to knowledge that our environment is collapsing," she said in her campaign video earlier this month.

"I'm angry because not only are they destroying our environment, they're destroying our communities.

"And all so a few rich people can keep getting richer."

McHugh won much praise from the public on social media during last week's Prime Time debate when she harshly criticised Independent candidate Peter Casey for his stance on immigration and Direct Provision.

"Millionaires blaming migrants is an old trope and it's boring," she said.

"It looks like it's just for attention Peter. You haven't an idea what you're talking about. You're an economic migrant yourself. Didn't you go over to America to make money?"

She also told Casey to: "Go on Dancing With The Stars if you want attention that much, Peter."

The distribution of McHugh's votes are expected to benefit Fianna Fail's Brendan Smith over Casey.


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