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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Making history: Gogglebox star elected as 'Ireland's first black female councillor'

Ireland Gogglebox Star Yemi Adenug Fine Gael Elected has been elected to Meath County Council
Photo: Seamus Farrelly
Ireland Gogglebox Star Yemi Adenug Fine Gael Elected has been elected to Meath County Council Photo: Seamus Farrelly

Ryan Nugent and Callum Lavery

Gogglebox star Yemi Adenuga has become the first female black councillor to be elected to a county council in Ireland.

Ms Adenuga, known for her entertaining appearances on the popular Virgin Media TV show was elected this evening for the Navan electoral ward after running as a Fine Gael candidate.

Ms Adenuga posted a video on Twitter celebrating her election and being held aloft by Junior Housing Minister, Damien English, saying "that moment we made history".

Speaking to Independent.ie, Ms Adenuga said "the goal is to win so when you win it's a good feeling".

"I'm told there's never been a black female councillor in Ireland. It's awesome and an opening to other people who are interested in contributing," Ms Adenuga said.

Ms Adenuga and her family moved from Nigeria to Ireland in 2000 and she has been living in Navan since 2004.

Having been a hot on TV show Gogglebox, Ms Adenuga said it definitely got her name out there.

"Gogglebox most certainly helped. I have also been involved in my community in Navan, a number of the women and the parents would know me," she said.

"I think this is an indication that when we talk about diversity in ireland it's not just a word, it's action. I think Ireland is very open and accepting."

Ms Adenuga was elected on the 11th count alongside Fianna Fáil candidate Padraig Fitzsimons and Independent candidate Alan Lawes..

She currently works as a personal and business development strategist while her husband Deji, is a well-known Nollywood actor.

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