RUTH COPPINGER has announced that she will run in the next Seanad election after losing her seat in Dáil in last Saturday’s general election.
The former TD Solidarity-People Before Profit was beaten on the sixth count in Dublin West.
First elected to Dáil in a by-election in 2014, Coppinger had been a fierce critic of the government and an advocate for women’s and workers’ rights.
Coppinger officially launched its Seanad offering in Dublin City this morning. She will be a candidate for the constituency of the National University of Ireland.
Speaking after filing his registration papers, Coppinger said: “My goal is to use the national platform [the Seanad] plans to advance the unfinished business of workers’ and women’s rights in particular, as well as the need for radical action on the housing crisis and climate change.
A number of former TDs who lost their sets in the election are expected to launch Seanad offers.
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Former TD Fine Gael Noel Rock has already announced his intention to run for Seanad’s election. He was eliminated on the fifth count in North West Dublin, where he was elected in 2016, last weekend.
Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party, who failed to secure a Dáil seat in Mayo, is also considering running for Seanad.
Some prominent senators have also announced their candidacies for re-election, including Lynn Ruane, Ivana Bacik and Alice-Mary Higgins.