Friday December 6, 2019

Local politics in a diverse republic

While the political mainstream shows no sign of embracing anti-immigrant populism, currently, Ireland’s largest immigrant community has no elected representatives. Bryan Fanning, Professor of Migration and Social Policy at UCD, reflects on the recent election results and asks what more needs to be done to create a truly democratic Ireland

2nd June, 2019

In the recent local elections, Hazel Chu, a Green Party candidate, topped the poll in Dublin’s Pembroke ward with 4,069 first preference votes, one-third of the total 12,598. She was part of the 2019 so-called Green wave, but she was also one of more than 30 New Irish who stood for election.

This year, all the larger political parties – Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour, the Social Democrats and the Greens – stood immigrant-origin candidates. The exception...

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