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Social Democrat European Election candidate and Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon

Tom Burke writes

Our promo (above) for Gary Gannon is having a little moment on Twitter and is already up to 50,000 hits. As you might remember it is a door by door remake of his election video from few years back….

Previously: The Gaz Doorstep Challenge

Richard Osman’s House Of Games contestant SocDem Dublin European Election candidate Gary Gannon’s bold posterage.

Figaro magnifico, in fairness.


 Dublin City Councillor with Social Democrats Gary Gannon and journalist Philip O’Connor

Stockholm-based journalist Philip O’Connor, of the blog Our Man in Stockholm, will be contending the selection convention of the Dublin Social Democrats branch for a run at the European Elections this May.

Social Democrats Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon is also seeking a nomination to run in the European Elections for Dublin.

It follows reports in the Sunday Business Post on March 3, 2019, that it was understood Mr O’Connor was “in talks” with the party.

In the same newspaper, journalist Hugh O’Connell reported that Mr Gannon had threatened to quit the party if it decides to withdraw support from its local election candidate Ellie Kisyombe, following a report in the Sunday Times on February 17 concerning Ms Kisyombe’s background.

Mr Gannon told the newspaper:

“If Ellie is not a candidate for the Social Democrats, then neither will I be.”


Pics: Philip O’Connor and Gary Gannon

Previously: Deep Purple

From left: Róisín Shortall TD, Annmarie McNally, Catherine Murphy TD, Carly Bailey, of the Social Democrats during the abortion referendum; Ellie Kisyombe

Aaron Rogan, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:

The Social Democrat branch running the election campaign of Ellie Kisyombe, a Malawian asylum seeker, has restated its support for her in spite of continued controversy.

The Sunday Times has reported that the two most senior executives of the party resigned after a disagreement over plans to hold an internal review into Ms Kisyombe’s background. The paper had reported that she had given journalists inaccurate information.

Joe O’Connor, the party chairman, and Carly Bailey, vice-chairwoman, resigned after a meeting of the party’s national executive on Friday at which the decision to hold the review was taken.

The pair had disagreed with Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall, the party’s TDs and co-leaders, who favoured a review. Yesterday Chris Bond, who represents Dublin South West on the national executive, resigned.


Third Social Democrat quits over Ellie Kisyombe review (The Times Ireland edition)

Ellie Kisyombe

Ellie Kisyombe will run as a Social Democrat candidate in Dublin’s North Inner City in the local elections on May 24 next for a seat in Dublin City Council.

The Social Democrats write:

“Ellie Kisyombe came to Ireland from Malawi in 2010 and has spent the last eight years living in Direct Provision. During this time she’s lived through and witnessed the uncaring conditions people in this country’s asylum system experience.

Following a volunteering position with the Irish Refugee Council, Ellie co-founded Our Table in 2015 as a response to the ban on asylum seekers cooking for themselves and in order to give an outlet to her passion for food and cooking.

Our Table is as a community-based, non-profit project designed to highlight the need to end direct provision in Ireland. The project operates pop-up cafés in Dublin and provides catering services in the rest of the country.

Creativity, activism and entrepreneurship have been the foundations of Ellie’s life in both Ireland and Malawi – lessons and talents she hopes to bring to Dublin City Council.”

Further to Ellie getting a huge amount of support on Twitter last night, Ellie tweeted this morning:

I want to take this opportunity in thanking all of you for your great love and support!! I am not sure which right words to use!! Am speechless ❤ ( The community spirit) That’s what is known to me from Irish people am proud to be here! Ireland is home for me!! (Zikomo Kwambili)

Zikomo Kwambili?

Related: Ellie Kisyombe to be first female asylum seeker up for election (Sean Pollock, The Times Ireland edition, December 18, 2018)

Ellie Kisyombe

This evening.


From top: Social Democrat co-leaders Catherine Murphy (left) and Roisin Shorthall at Leinster House this morning; Social Democrat motion on the National Broadband Plan

This morning.

The Social Democrats have introduced a Dáil motion (above) – to be debated this evening – calling for a “Government commitment that any National Broadband Plan roll-out will prioritise affordability for homes and businesses in rural Ireland”.

Party co-leader Catherine Murphy TD said:

“People in rural Ireland are desperate for reliable and sustainable broadband but they will only be guaranteed such a service if we get the National Broadband plan contract award process right while we have this chance.

We have to ensure that the process of awarding the contract is totally beyond reproach. There is no point in going ahead with a process if, when the infrastructure is finally in place, an average household cannot afford to connect to the network.”

Deputy Murphy added:

“The problems we are now witnessing with the National Children’s Hospital for example are not the result of something that happened after the project began. They are the result of a laissez-faire approach to the original tendering and contract process.”

Previously: National Broadband Plan on Broadsheet

Social Democrat Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon

As revealed by Dan Boyle last week.

Social Democrat Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon will contest the European Elections in May if selected by his party….

Mr Gannon said he would contest the local elections even if he was chosen to run for Europe. He said the party would co-opt someone on to the council should he be successful in both election



Gary Gannon seeks Social Democrats nomination to run in Europe (Irish Times)

Last Week: Dan Boyle: Europe Europe

This afternoon.

Royal College of Physicians Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

The Launch of the Labour Party’s alternative Budget 2019 document, Building A New Republic.

Above from left: Senator Aodhan O Riordain, Deputy leader Alan Kelly, Senator Ivana Bacik,  Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin, Senator Kevin Humphreys and Jan O Sullivan.

Labour to Launch Alternative Budger (Labour)




This afternoon.

Government Buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Social Democrats member Catherine Stocker and her son Theo (top) joined the party’s co-leaders, Catherine Murphy and Róísín Shortall (above centre) alongside councillors and spokespeople during the launch of the Social Democrats Alternative Budget 2019.

Social Democrats

Leon Farrell/Rollingnews


This morning.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Fur farm-hating grim reapers greet returning TDs afte the Dáil Summer recess.



Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall and the party’s political director Anne Marie McNally on the plinth at Leinster House

This morning.

Outside Leinster House.

Social Democrats TD Roisin Shortall has called for an immediate rent freeze nationwide.

In a statement, Ms Shortall said:

“One of the worst effects of the housing crisis is that more and more people are relying on private rental accommodation. Rents are at record levels. According to DAFT, rents nationwide have risen by 75% since 2011 and are now 27% higher than their 2008 peak.”

The party’s political director Anne Marie McNally said:

“The Government needs to intervene now to stop rents sky-rocketing any further. We have to end this exploitation of renters and those priced out of the housing market. That objective should start with an inescapable nationwide rent freeze now.”



The Dáil resumes this afternoon, following the summer recess, with Leaders’ Questions starting at 2pm.

Proceedings can be watched live here.

Pic: Social Democrats

This afternoon.

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Members of the Social Democrats and their co-leader Roisin Shorthall TD at the party’s pre-Dáil think-In. The party said it will field candidates in “the majority of constituencies” in the next General Election.

Social Democrats expect to have 90 candidates in local elections (RTÉ)

Earlier; Anne Marie McNally: Can You Afford To Come Home?

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