Postal voting has opened for Green Party members in Dublin Bay South following last night’s (May 27th) virtual hustings ahead of the Selection Convention on June 4th. Councillors Claire Byrne and Hazel Chu, each topping the poll in their local areas in 2019, spoke about their objectives for Dublin Bay South in key areas like housing, transport and climate action, and their work making Dublin a liveable city for all communities.
The Green Party has welcomed the nomination of two strong female candidates as evidence of the Party’s constitutional mandate to fight for gender parity in politics and an equal Ireland for every woman. The Party has worked to promote gender equality in its representation and address the five Cs that hold women back in politics – Culture, Confidence, Cash, Childcare and Candidate Selection – running the highest percentage of female candidates in any party running in every constituency.
Caitríona Gleeson, CEO of Women for Election, commented on the importance of diverse representation in Dublin Bay South, which currently has no women TDs;
“With Ireland currently ranked 100th in the world for equal representation of women in government and only 36 women elected as TDs, it is really important that all parties make every effort to reduce the well documented barriers to women being selected in winnable seats, particularly women from more marginalised communities. With no woman currently elected to represent people from the Dublin Bay South constituency, there is a serious democratic deficit that needs affirmative action.
“We welcome every effort being made by political parties to present the electorate with a wide choice of qualified women to run as candidates alongside Independents in the byelection when it is held later this year. On this basis it is great to see the Green Party have been able to provide their members with the choice of two very experienced female politicians who are seeking their Party’s nomination.”
Green Party Director of Elections for Dublin Bay South for the byelection, Roderic O’Gorman TD, welcomed Byrne and Chu as two highly qualified candidates that have strong community support;
“We’re lucky to have two strong candidates seeking selection, and whoever is chosen, I know that Green members are fired up and ready to get out on the campaign trail. This election will send a strong signal on what government priorities must be over the coming years. In Government, the Green Party is delivering climate action, social justice, and more liveable towns and cities. We’ll be seeking the voters’ backing for this vision – just as they did in this constituency last year.”
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