4 March 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

A politician originally from Carrickmacross who stood in the general election for the Green Party in Dublin caused a major upset by winning a seat in the new Daíl. Councillor Catherine Martin, a teacher in Dundrum, contested the Dublin Rathdown constituency, where former Energy Minister Alex White (Labour) lost out in the new three-seat ‘group of death’ constituency.

As predicted by former Minister and now broadcaster Ivan Yates, the result was one Independent (Shane Ross), one Fine Gael and one for the Green Party. But in another surprise, it was not former Justice Minister Alan Shatter who took the second seat for Fine Gael. Instead, it went to his party colleague, Cllr Josepha Madigan. Speaking yesterday on RTÉ Radio, Mr Shatter was highly critical of the way the Fine Gael election campaign had been organised.

Catherine Martin lives in Rathfarnham and represents the Dundrum ward on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. She was elected as deputy leader of the Green Party in 2011 and is spokesperson on education. She has been a teacher of English and Music at St Tiernan’s Community School in Dundrum for the last fifteen years.

For the past four years, she had been canvassing with the intention of winning a Daíl seat. “The Greens are back in town and there’s a new Green there too”, she said, referring to the success of party leader Eamonn Ryan in nearby Dublin Bay South.

Mr Ryan said afterwards ….


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