Roscommon-South Leitrim independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan is to contest the European Elections in May.

In a statement, Mr Flanagan said he would be running on an anti-European Union platform.

He claimed the EU had backed the bondholders against the interests of the Irish people during the country's bailout years.

Mr Flanagan said Ireland was on a road to giving up its sovereignty forever and would be best served without the euro as its currency.