Meath West Aontú TD, Peadar Tóibín has today announced that Aontú will contest the Dublin Bay South Bye-Election, which was triggered after former Fine Gael TD, Eoghan Murphy, resigned his Dáil seat to pursue a career in international affairs and human rights.
Tóibín stated “the election will be a referendum on why the government implemented the longest lockdown in the EU, left workers and small businesses hammered without proper supports and have not fully opened health services”.
Labour’s Ivana Bacik, People Before Profit’s Bridget Purcell, Fine Gael’s Cllr James Geoghegan, Independent Cllr Mannix Flynn, Independent Norma Burke have all confirmed their intention to run in the Dublin Bay South Bye-Election.
Green Party’s Cllr Clare Byrne and Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu have stated they seek to be nominated for the race by their party. It has been rumoured that Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan and possibly whistle-blower, Chay Bowes will also be putting their name forward.
The Social Democrats, Fianna Fáil and the National Party have confirmed they will be contesting the Bye-Election, but have not chosen a candidate yet.
It has been floated around that the Bye-Election is to take place in November, but some in Fine Gael wish the election to take place in the Summer, possibly July.