20th June 2021 | Community, Press Releases

‘Dublin should not just be a place to visit, but a city where you can afford to live and grow old’ 


Green Party Cllr Claire Byrne at the official launch of her Dublin Bay South byelection campaign

Councillor Claire Byrne officially launched her campaign as the Green Party candidate in the Dublin Bay South byelection today (June 20th).

Claire has served as a Dublin City Councillor since 2014, and has more than 16 years’ experience in politics, including working with Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD in his constituency office in Dublin Bay South.

Launching her campaign, Cllr Claire Byrne said;

“As a local Councillor for the last seven years, I understand the issues that are important to the people of Dublin Bay South. I believe that Dublin should be a great city to grow up in, and to grow old in. Not just a place to visit, but a city where you can afford to stay and never want to leave. If we put climate, housing and culture at the heart of our decisions, we can make Dublin a city for living.

“The Green Party in Government brings a progressive voice to the very core of our country’s decision-making process. Our influence in government in the past year has been palpable. Everyone can see the progress that has been made on climate action, active transport, cost rental housing, direct provision and universal basic income. Unlike some of the other candidates running in this election, I have a real track record of working on these issues for many years. I also have genuine on-the-ground experience in the community in Dublin. Voting for me will guarantee an experienced, committed, female Green voice in Government who can actually deliver for the area and the country.”

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan said;

“We have a real opportunity to reinvent and rebuild Dublin after Covid as a greener more liveable city that prioritises housing, high quality transport, access to public spaces and a vibrant and diverse cultural life. Just this week, the Green party showed how it is delivering on this agenda with the passage of the Climate Bill through the Dáil. The election of Claire Byrne will strengthen our capacity to deliver real progressive change in Government.”

Deputy Green Party Leader Catherine Martin TD said;

“In the year 2021, it’s hard to believe that less than a quarter of our current TDs are women, and Dublin Bay South currently has no female TDs at all. However, this reflects the reality of the barriers that women face in politics. Claire has been balancing a full-time career along with her busy role as councillor and being the mother of two young boys. She understands both the challenges and the critical importance of female representation and influence in Government. The Green Party is committed to fighting for gender parity in politics and an equal Ireland for every woman. Cllr Claire Byrne is the representative who can deliver for Dublin Bay South.”

Green Party Director of Elections for Dublin Bay South, Roderic O’Gorman TD said;

“Claire brings an experienced green voice to Dublin Bay South. She is the only candidate in this election with a real track record in delivering on climate action, sustainable transport and innovative responses to the housing crisis such as cost rental. We can all see that other candidates in this election are greenwashing their campaigns but only the Green Party can be relied on to prioritise climate action, support for the arts and equality for marginalised communities. We are delivering in Government, but we can deliver more with Claire representing Dublin in Dáil Éireann.”