I was proposed for the role by Deputy Sean Haughey. I defeated Deputy Bernard Durkan (Fine Gael) by seven votes to three.
About the Joint Committee on European Affairs
The European Union Affairs Committee plays a key role in informing debate on the European Union in Ireland by fully considering important EU developments and initiatives affecting Ireland and in holding the Government to account in Ireland’s relations with Europe
See details of election: oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/DebatesWebPack.nsf/committeetakes/EUJ2016100400002?opendocument#A00300