Saturday 18 November 2017

New Green Euro candidate climbed anchor of nuclear ship

John Drennan

John Drennan

EUROPEAN election candidates tend to be less conventional than most but few will come to the electorate bearing a more intriguing CV than the Green Party Ireland South constituency candidate, Grace O'Sullivan.

She was a crewmember on a celebrated environmentalist ship which was blown up and climbed up the anchor chain of a Russian nuclear warship.

In an often sedentary occupation, Ms O'Sullivan has taken activism to a new level.

The Green candidate has already narrowly escaped death courtesy of her environmental activism.

Ms O'Sullivan was an activist on the Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace ship which was blown up by French special forces in 1985.

Fortunately for the Green candidate, protestors worked in shifts at that time and she was off when the explosion which killed one of the activists occurred.

Grace O'Sullivan
Grace O'Sullivan
Grace O'Sullivan climbs the anchor of a Russian nuclear warship

This narrow escape did not deter Ms O'Sullivan, who, on another occasion, climbed up the anchor of a Russian nuclear warship in another protest.

The new candidate addressed the Green Party conference in Dublin today.

Displaying a photo of her exploits, Ms O'Sullivan told the delegates she had climbed up the chain barefooted ''to get a better grip on the anchor''.

But she said she would be wearing shoes for this campaign.

“I care, and have cared, for people and the environment for the past 35 years. I have been, and continue to be, prepared to go to great lengths to prove my dedication to the issues I want to highlight. I’m not sure which is more daunting…that’s me, climbing up the anchor chain of a Russian Nuclear warship. You might just about make out that I am actually barefoot… I found it easier to get a grip on the slippery chain,” she said.

She lives a somewhat quieter life these days as a mother-of-three but the response of our more conventional parties to the resume was epitomized by one eternally un-named spin-doctor who noted: “Good Lord, she sounds a lot more interesting than any of our lot”.

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