By Kim O’Leary
A solicitor from south west Dublin has launched his campaign for the Seanad by-election which takes place next month.
Ciarán Ahern of Labour grew up in the Rathfarnham area and is a qualified employment solicitor.
Mr Ahern, who is also a director of the charity Calcutta Connect and an employment solicitor, is running to be a voice for a younger generation.
He was a first-time candidate for the Labour Party in last year’s General Election in Dublin South West and finished with 5,803 votes.
In a video released last week, Mr Ahern outlined his main reasons in the Seanad Industrial and Commercial election.
“I’m running in the Seanad Industrial and Commercial election because my generation wants Ireland organised differently as we emerge from this pandemic. Young people want to be able to aspire to the same quality of life as their parents. This means decent stable jobs, a good work-life balance, and the ability to live in affordable, safe and sustainable communities,” said Mr Ahern.
As part of his campaign, Mr Ahern is also calling for reform of the Seanad and for the voting age to be lowered to 16.
Bye-elections will take place in April 2021 to fill two vacancies in the Seanad caused by the resignations of Senator Michael D’Arcy and Senator Elisha McCallion.