A few words of context
The advertisements to vote in the European Parliament elections focused on the European Parliament being perceived as “your WatchDog” that had the power to bark when “enough was enough!”
Although the introduction of direct European Parliament elections were welcomed with open arms, the proposals of the logistics were no so well received. Scéala Éireann noted that the outline declared by Mr. Tully prevented the best qualified and competent candidate. Candidates being confined to the existing political parties excluded those in trade unions, employer organisations and others. This sentiment was expressed by Rory Dunne, the director of the ICEM. Due to Ireland only receiving 15 seats it was vital that each seat be filled with highly skilled individuals equipped to make string cases for Irish priorities and interests.