Today I married my best friend. I also had the privilege to go outside & greet members of the public who wanted to meet the Lord Mayor. Well wishers who we didn’t know coming to wish us well. It’s a real honour to have such support, thank you all xx pic.twitter.com/zXgVo4BY6W
Lord Mayor of Dublin and Green Party chairperson Hazel Chu has confirmed she will seek the nomination for the Green Party seat in the forthcoming Dublin Bay South by-election
“As someone who achieved 33 per cent of the vote in my constituency in the 2019 local elections and as current Lord Mayor of Dublin, I believe I can run a competitive campaign for the Dublin Bay South seat and for the party.
“I look forward to the selection convention and to the decision by my local group.”
“I have worked hard to support the local community and local businesses while working to fight the key issues we are facing as a country, homelessness and housing, discrimination and inequalities, climate change and ensuring a sustainable future.”
I’m told that even if the party passes such a motion it has no bearing on Ms Chu’s role in the party as motions of no confidence only apply to the leader. Sources also suspect Patrick Costello may be prevented from voting as Ms Chu is his partner.
Hazel Chu says, even though she’s contesting a Seanad by-election as an independent, she’ll take the Green whip “as long as I’m still a member”. Says she contested the election because there were no other female candidates for the Industrial & Commercial Panel pic.twitter.com/oQapdNEJB9
I abhor that @hazechu experiences racism. But people on the left shouldn’t support women or minorities regardless: Hazel is Chair of @greenparty_ie, wants to stay in it when others have left & praises work of GP ministers. Feminising the elite is not breaking status quo. #TodayCB
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.
Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu shot the gun on the 2020 VHI Women’s Virtual Mini-Marathon assisted by ‘Cara’, a running statue representing all the participants (even the very few who might prefer walking).
Over the next 10 days, until October 10, more than 17,000 women will do 10KM ‘their own way’ to raise funds for charities across Ireland.
As someone who was targetted for my sexuality I'm very familiar with homophobia. The questions @rodericogorman is failing to answer are not about his sexuality but about his suitability for Childrens minister based on who he has been a cheerleader for. That is not homophobia. pic.twitter.com/CNOs1NOE0A