Mark Mullan declares on his website that he wants to break the culture of MEP`s spending five years in Brussels without anyone knowing what they're actually doing. Ironically not many people know what Mark's been up to for the last 25 years but that's no fault of his own as he's spent that time working on various humanitarian projects. Mark Mullan has an impressive CV and he also has the kind of principles you'd expect from a politician representing you in Europe. On paper he's one of the strongest candidates in the race and his election prospects are all down to how well his campaign goes.
Any left leaning individual should offer their full support to Lynn Boylan. Based on her track record in Europe she's the ideal candidate to represent Dublin. Lynn was heavily involved with the Repeal the 8th campaign, supports Catalonia and Palestine, and has been extremely critical of the Irish government watering down our neutrality through its support for PESCO. As a result of her work on the Right2Water report, Lynn has travelled to Greece, Italy, London and Catalonia to speak on the topic of the human right to water and the EU‘s privatisation agenda.
Gillian Brien & Rita Harrold are both on the campaign for Solidarity/People Before Profit which would make you wonder if the party are more interested in winning seats or raising candidate profiles. In a heavily contested constituency the liberal vote is already divided out amongst several left wing candidates and this kind of campaigning suggests that either Solidarity/PbP are incredibly ambitious or that they're putting party ahead of politics. That said both candidates are equally admirable, Rita is well known for being a Repeal activist and Gillian has over 18 years experience working within the Human Rights field, dealing with LGBT+ Young People, Travellers, Asylum & Refugees issues. She has also worked in the Youth and Community, Drugs and Homeless Sector.
Alice Mary Higgins is a daughter of Michael D Higgins and has been endorsed by Hotpress magazine as a candidate who understands the importance of culture, theatre, literature, music and art. Alice has also been a vocal critic of the "free market" politics of Fine Gael and supports the RaiseTheRoof movement.
Gary Gannon is a true blue and has been campaigning for his own emoji. Probably the strongest candidate for the social democrats this could be the kind of victory for them that set the wheels in motion for establishing a stable left wing party in Ireland. However there's a lot of work to do and more doors need to be knocked on before the SD become a household favourite.
Clare Daly is an iconic figure in Irish politics who spends her time in the Dail fighting for a secular state, one that offers everyone equal opportunity. Best known for the Shannon protest and her involvement in the Repeal campaign she already has a particular fanbase. Clare has used this election to fight for the more centre and left of centre vote that might just help get her elected MEP.
Eílis Ryan is a councillor for The Worker’s Party and a bit of a hidden gem. Eílis has worked for a range of human rights and community development organisations in Ireland, Asia and Latin America. However she remains another candidate who needs to raise her profile before gathering enough votes to win Europe and I wish her the best of luck for the future.