Harkin says Independents could play a vital role again in next Dail

Marian Harkin says she believes there will be a real chance for Independents to influence government policy in the next Dail.

The former MEP and TD has officially announced this morning that she’s putting her hat into the ring for the Sligo Leitrim constituency for the forthcoming general election.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan show this morning Marian Harkin says she thought long and hard about re-entering national politics but believes the numbers will mean a good chance for Independents to be involved again in the next government.

She says if she was to get elected back to Dail Eireann she would be making regional and rural policy her main issue once again.