An Irish politician has used popular dating app Grindr as part of her advertising campaign.

Following the lead of two Amsterdam politicians, Phil Prendergast, an Irish MEP, who hopes to become the head of the European Parliament’s LGBT Intergroup, is using Grindr to promote her campaign.

Jan-Bert Vroege, a gay candidate, and Pieter Rietman, who is bisexual, last month announced using the app in an attempt to get the support of gay voters ahead of elections in the Dutch capital.

“I have been one of the loudest voices in the European Parliament on LGBT issues such as homophobic and transphobic bullying, and marriage equality,” she said.

“I think the importance of having an Irish voice lead the Intergroup is underscored by the fact that in 2015 we will hold the first positively-worded referendum in the world – giving people the option of legalising as opposed to banning – gay marriage.”