Independent Community Activists to run for Local Elections

by Rose Barrett
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Last week three high profile community activists announced they would contest the Local Elections in their local areas as Independents.

Damien Farrell, a long-time community activist and housing campaigner will run in the South West Inner City

Geraldine Molloy, another dedicated community activist and former Inner City Helping Homeless volunteer, will run in the North Inner City.

Diarmuid ‘Dougie’Mac Dubhghlais, community activist and well known homelessness activist, will run in Finglas/Ballymun

Sitting councillors and community activists, Sophie Nicoullaud (Ballyfermot/Drimnagh), Pat Dunne (Kimmage/Rathmines) and Cieran Perry (Cabra/Glasnevin) supported the new candidates and all six lodged their nomination papers together.

Cllr Sophie Nicoullaud noted “with housing being the biggest issue facing communities it is important that we have experienced housing activists elected”

Damien Farrell said “my political and community activism began well over two decades ago and over that period of time I have campaigned on many issues that affect working class communities such housing, homelessness, water tax and community facilities. I believe electing real Independent community activists on the 7th June will help empower communities.”

Geraldine Molloy remarked, “I continue to support and represent those affected by homelessness as I did when I volunteered with Inner City Helping Homeless. I still run a weekly clinic to help locals with housing. As a long-time community activist I believe I am well placed to represent my community if elected on the 7th June.”

Diarmuid ‘Dougie’Mac Dubhghlais said “as a voice of those suffering from food poverty, homelessness and those with various disabilities, I intend to continue to highlight this unacceptable situation. I have been quoted in Leinster House for the abysmal treatment meted out to the rough-sleepers on the streets of Dublin and I hope to be a strong voice for the marginalised of his community and further afield.”

Cllr Pat Dunne commented “the addition of Geraldine, Damien and Dougie to Dublin City Council would be a tremendous help to us sitting councillors in fighting for more public housing and facilities for our communities. United communities across Dublin makes us stronger”

Cllr Cieran Perry stated, “I’m honoured to support Dougie, Damien and Geraldine in their campaign to get elected to the council. I’ve worked with each of them over a long time and they battle for their communities every single day. They deserved to have a platform on the council to represent their communities.”

* Attached photo shows all six candidates submitting their nomination forms.  

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