Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan

  • Ming Flanagan

    Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (born 22 January 1972) is an Irish independent politician, currently serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Midlands–North-West constituency.

    Flanagan served as a member of Roscommon County Council between 2004 and 2011. First elected at the 2004 local election, he was re-elected in 2009, and served as mayor from 2010 until his election as a TD, for the Roscommon–South Leitrim constituency at the 2011 general election. He served in Dáil Éireann for three years before being elected as an independent candidate for the Midlands–North-West constituency at the 2014 European Parliament election.

    In June 2013, Flanagan came to prominence as an advocate of turf cutters whose ability to cut turf (peat) was affected by the European Union’s Habitats Directive. As part of his advocacy, Flanagan attended a number of turf cutters’ protests. Flanagan supports the cutting of turf from bogs even when they are protected as Special Areas of Conservation. Despite a European Union ban, he has cut turf at Cloonchambers Bog near Castlerea, a raised bog which has been designated a Special Area of Conservation.