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Brid Smith to Run for People Before Profit in Dublin’s European Elections

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BRÍD Smith, who recently announced her Dáil retirement, is set to contest the upcoming European elections in Dublin under the People Before Profit banner.

The party envisions securing two left-wing seats in the four-seat Dublin constituency, challenging the three Government parties and Independent Clare Daly, who currently holds a seat.

Political Strategy and Potential Collaboration

Deputy Smith expressed openness to a transfer pact with Clare Daly, ensuring their supporters give their number two votes to each other. When questioned about potentially unseating Daly, Smith acknowledged the unpredictable nature of politics, stating, “I won’t feel too bad – that’s life and that’s politics. It’s not my primary goal.”

Euro Elections and Departure from Dáil

Contrary to speculation, Smith asserted that the European elections were not on her mind when she announced her Dáil retirement. Initially intending to step back to facilitate Hazel de Nortúin’s bid for her former Dáil seat, Smith’s decision to enter the European race signals a shift in focus.

Left-Wing Prospects in Dublin

Paul Murphy of People Before Profit highlighted the vulnerability of Fine Gael and Green seats in Dublin, emphasizing the potential for two Left seats. Polls indicate substantial support for Clare Daly (14.5%) and People Before Profit (11.5%), setting the stage for a competitive battle.

People Before Profit Candidates in Other Constituencies

In addition to Brid Smith in Dublin, Cian Prendiville will carry the People Before Profit banner in Ireland South, focusing on conveying public anger over the situation in Gaza. Dr. Brian O’Boyle aims to challenge in Midlands North-West, emphasising his candidacy to spotlight the EU’s alleged role as a “rich man’s club” overseeing high levels of inequality.

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