Sunday 20 October 2019

Young candidate: Carah (19) puts name on ballot paper

Campaign: Carah Daniel pictured in Balbriggan where she is running in the local elections. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Campaign: Carah Daniel pictured in Balbriggan where she is running in the local elections. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

Carah Daniel (19), one of the youngest candidates to run in the local elections, said she became politically motivated following the death of Savita Halappanavar.

When Ms Halappanavar died in October 2012, Ms Daniel was only 13, but it sparked a need to enter the political race.

She began by getting involved with the Socialist Party and has decided to run in the 2019 local elections.

"Savita's death was a huge issue for me.

"I was also an animal rights activist in the Skerries area," she said.

"When I was younger, people my age weren't interested in politics.

"Nowadays everyone is, and they're interested in everything from the repeal movement to the housing crisis," she added.

Originally from Stamullen, in Co Meath, Ms Daniel is hoping to get the public vote for Fingal Solidarity in the Balbriggan ward this May.

She was one of the founders of Balbriggan-based animal rights group Not For Your Entertainment and worked with Solidarity TD Paul Murphy on the introduction of the Prohibition of Wild Animals in Circuses Bill in 2017.

Irish Independent

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