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Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Dublin city councillor and Green Party chairperson in conversation with Mary McCarthy

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Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Dublin city councillor and Green Party chairperson. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Dublin city councillor and Green Party chairperson. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Dublin city councillor and Green Party chairperson. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Building the future: I can't remember politics ever being discussed when I was growing up - my parents were too busy working in restaurants trying to make ends meet.

They met in Ireland after moving separately from Hong Kong. I was born in 1980 and there were nine of us in a three-bedroom house in Firhouse with my mum's younger brother and her sister, husband and kids living with us.

My brother came along 10 years after me and, after my parents broke up, I always worked part-time with my mother Stella in her restaurant.