The Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness has announced she is running for the Presidency of the European Parliament.
The current president Martin Schultz is said to be considering running for a third term.
The Midlands North-West MEP, who is currently a vice-president of the body, has formally put her name forward today.
Ms McGuinness says she is glad to be competing for the job.
She said: "I’m pleased to say that I have decided to formally put my name forward as a candidate for the group, the EPP.
"The decision will not be taken by our group until December and then in January we vote as a plenary for who is to be the speaker or the president of the house."