PATRICIA MCKENNA (born 13 March 1957) is an Irish independent politician. She served as a Green Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Dublin constituency from 1994 to 2004.
* 1 Background
* 2 2009
A native of Castleshane , a small village in
County Monaghan ,
McKenna was formerly a member of the Green Party . She became the
first Green Party candidate in
A former teacher, she is active in People\'s Movement which successfully campaigned for the rejection of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2008.
McKenna has been involved in many campaigns as an MEP and politician.
She is perhaps best known for her victory in the Supreme Court in
1995, in which she argued successfully that it was unconstitutional
for the Government of
She is also well known for her opposition to nuclear power ,
genetically modified food , and
McKenna also campaigned against the Irish government's plan to join
McKenna ran as Green Party candidate at the 2007 general election for the Dublin Central constituency, but was not elected. She also strongly opposed the 2007 Programme for Government between the Green Party and Fianna Fáil . After the election, she declared herself a candidate for the leadership of the Green Party, but the position was won by John Gormley . She was elected to the Green Party National Executive in April 2008. In July 2008 she was not selected as the Green candidate for the 2009 local elections in the Cabra /Glasnevin area of the Dublin Central constituency.
In August 2008 she appeared in RTÉ 's reality show Fáilte Towers . She was the fifth contestant evicted from the show.
In 2014, she graduated with a degree in Law and Political Science
Trinity College, Dublin
2009 EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTION
In May 2009, McKenna announced her intention to run as an independent
candidate at the 2009
Reactions by former party colleagues to McKenna's departure from the Green Party were mixed. According to Green Party senator Déirdre de Búrca , "The pity about Patricia McKenna's move is that she did not do it at least a year ago and spare herself and her party colleagues a lot of time-wasting and strife. It has been increasingly clear that she does not share the same views on many issues with Green Party members."
McKenna was not elected at the 2009
In June 2010, she attended meetings with a number of former Green Party members to facilitate the formation of a new political party, Fís Nua .
In 2016, McKenna campaigned for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the run up to its membership referendum . She argued that the EU is unreformable and criticised its neoliberal policies.
* ^ "McKenna to quit Green Party".
The Irish Times . 6 May 2009.
Retrieved 6 May 2009.
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