Thursday 12 December 2019

Profile: Success is sweet after TD tapped into mood

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger
Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger

RUTH Coppinger has built her political career fighting the very austerity measures that have resulted in the dramatic collapse in support of the Labour Party.

The teacher managed to increase her support by tapping into the deep sense of public disillusionment over water charges and property tax.

The victory on Saturday proved even sweeter for Ms Coppinger after she managed to reverse the 2011 by-election result which saw her trail Fianna Fail's David McGuinness by 200 votes.

She will now take a seat in Dail Eireann alongside her campaign manager, Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins.

Ms Coppinger was previously closely associated with Independent TD Clare Daly before she resigned from the party in 2012.

The newly elected TD put her name to a statement that accused Ms Daly of "placing more value on her political connection" with Mick Wallace than the Socialist Party.

Asked on the campaign trail about her relationship with Ms Daly, Ms Coppinger said they were no longer in regular contact.

She insisted that the so-called recovery was nothing more than a "figment of imagination" for voters in Dublin West.

"People are really disappointed and disillusioned because the people they trusted to hold back from the excesses of Fianna Fail didn't do that," she said.

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