A FORMER Labour councillor and a woman who hit the headlines after challenging presidential candidate Sean Gallagher during the presidential election campaign are to run for the Social Democrats in the General Election.
Fingal councillor Cian O’Callaghan will contest Dublin Bay North where six sitting TDs, including two ministers, are vying for just five seats.
And Glenna Lynch will run in Dublin Bay South where her rivals will include Renua leader Lucinda Creighton.
An interior designer, she shot to national prominence after questing Sean Gallagher’s business ethics on live television. He later asked on live radio whether she was a political plant.
Prior to signing up to the Social Democrats she held discussion with Shane Ross about his alliance of independents and attended his think-in day in Tullamore last March.
“I had coffee with Shane Ross around 12 times over the course of a long year,” she said.
“I came away not really understanding what they were trying to be. I think they had to avoid policy and try keep together a very loose alliance of independents.”
Asked why she has now joined the party led by Roisin Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly,, she replied: “Most of us went out in 2011 and voted for change but in actual fact it’s clear that change will never come from the old, worn out parties.
“I feel what they were pulling together there was never going to be a viable alternative.”
Speaking outside Leinster House this morning Mr O’Callaghan said he was probably in “the most competitive constituency in the country”.
“I’m very much looking forward to the contest. In the local elections I topped the poll and got the highest quota of any candidate in Dublin at the time so I certainly think we are in with a strong chance,” he said.