Water charges protester to stand in elections
A prominent anti-water charges protester has declared for the general election in Dublin City after securing the backing of two of the Dáil's left-wing TDs.
Dublin City councillor Cieran Perry, who topped the poll in Cabra in the local elections, is to contest the highly competitive Dublin Central constituency.
Mr Perry has secured the support of Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) TD Paul Murphy and United Left Alliance deputy Joan Collins, who are members of the Dáil's Technical Group.
Mr Perry said he intends to focus his campaign on areas such as housing, education and health.
"Despite Fine Gael and Labour's attempts at spin, the majority of people are still struggling to pay their bills while our health, education and public services have continued to decline," Mr Perry told the Irish Independent.
The councillor's decision to contest the election in Dublin Central is likely to concern his fellow Independent, Lord Mayor Christy Burke.
Mr Burke has yet to decide whether to run and is also eyeing up a seat in the Seanad.
The sitting TDs in Dublin Central are Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe, Labour backbencher Joe Costello, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan.