LORD Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu has announced that she will run as an independent candidate in the upcoming Seanad by-election.
The Green Party Cllr did not receive backing from her party to run but submitted a nomination for the Industrial and Commercial panel after securing enough nominations to appear on the ballot.
In a statement to party members, she said that she would not seek support from the party, although she confirmed that she contacted leader Eamon Ryan, deputy leader Catherine Martin and the Green Party’s executive committee about the move.
She said: “In the current climate, it is important to have women and minorities represented at this election. This choice, as I said, is a personal one, as is my candidacy.
“After spending the year speaking to children from all backgrounds that anyone can run for election, I felt that it was essential I follow what I preach.”
It’s believed that she received nominations from Catherine Martin, as well as Green Party TDs Neasa Hourigan, Patrick Costello and Francis Noel Duffy, senators from the party, and two independent senators.