Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu passing an Extinction Rebellion protest outside Leinster House.
Mayor Chu is the Chair of the Green Party, but has announced she wants to run in the Seanad by-elections next month as an independent candidate.
“Though I am a Green member, I understand I am not endorsed by the party since the executive made the decision not to hold a selection convention. I also understand there is no pact in place with any other parties as confirmed by the leader at the last executive meeting. I am not looking for any support from the party since this was a personal choice to ensure that there is proper representation,”
“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.
If Cllr Chu is willing to resign as Mayor if elected as Senator, then better to resign now.
— Derek Mooney (@dsmooney) March 22, 2021