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Barrister Deirdre Duffy

Barrister Deirdre Duffy

Barrister Deirdre Duffy

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has had a running mate added to the ticket ahead of the next General Election.

Together4Yes campaign manager Deirdre Duffy was added to the ticket last night and will now look to gain a second seat for Fine Gael.

Ms Duffy, a barrister and former deputy director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, is a political novice but has a history of campaigning on social justice issues.

She acknowledged that it would be a "tough battle" for the party to return two TDs in the area.

The mother-of-two from Cork has lived in the constituency for six years but says if she is a blow-in, it is an area with many newcomers.

Policing

"I think if you want to use the term blow-in there's loads of us in Dublin Central," she said.

Her work in civil and human rights has given her a good background in terms of the issues that she believes matter to her would-be constituents, such as policing, Ms Duffy said.

Her involvement in the recent referendum spurred her decision to enter politics.

"I think the big thing about that campaign and Yes Equality, which led the campaign for marriage equality, is that I'm part of a generation who believe that change can happen - we know because we've done it," she said.

"I think that anything is possible after the abortion referendum."

Ms Duffy said she "wants a seat at the table" to influence change.


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