A small business owner has been named the new candidate for Dublin City Council for the Social Democrats in the Kimmage-Rathmines local electoral area, writes Rachel Cunningham.
Mr Eoin Hayes was confirmed as the new candidate at a party selection convention event last Thursday, after sitting councillor Tara Deacy decided not to run again in the upcoming June local elections.
A renter all his adult life currently locked out of buying a home, the candidate sees housing as the biggest issue facing the city.
“Current government policies have utterly failed to grapple with the enormity of the problem,” he said.
“Dublin city is badly in need of new housing, and its failure to build more has generated twin crises of availability and affordability for people like me and an entire generation of young people.”
Mr Hayes, who lives in Rathgar, runs a consultancy to help small businesses develop and grow, in particular in the climate sector.
He praise Councillor Deacy for her tireless work on a number of issues affecting the Kimmage-Rathmines community, including the improvement and rejuvenation of public spaces.
“I want to continue her hard work on behalf of our communities in Kimmage, Harold’s Cross, Terenure, Rathmines, Rathgar, Crumlin, and Drimnagh,” he said.
Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns welcomes Mr Hayes as a candidate, describing him as honest, principled and committed to the party’s progressive policies in areas like health, housing, public services and the environment.
“It’s so exciting to see candidates like Eoin interested in effecting the kind of change that people around the country are ready for,” she said.
“Like me, they want to see an end to the old style of politics that has held Ireland back from reaching its full potential.”
“With the party continuing to grow, I’m really looking forward to working with Eoin and building on the momentum behind the Social Democrats as we enter an exciting new phase.”