Councillor Liam Quaide has been selected to contest next year’s General Election on behalf for the Green Party in Cork East.
Cllr Quaide, along with Cllr Alan O’Connor, made history for the party in May when they became the first Greens to be elected to Cork County Council.
Cllr Quaide was chosen to represent the Midleton and Youghal Municipal area on the tenth count, narrowly beating Fianna Fail’s Rosarii Griffin.
A Clinical Psychologist with the HSE Mr Quaide gained his seat, in a nail biting finish, by over 107 votes ahead of Ms Griffin.
Having been almost decimated as a Party eight years ago, the Greens have gained 49 Cllrs in the local elections this past May, joining their 2 Dáil deputies and MEPs.
Nationally, the Party has a target of six Dáil seats in the forthcoming Elections, setting the scene for a possible return to the Government table.
Despite riding a green wave in the Local and European Elections, Party Leader in Cork, Cllr Dan Boyle said they are not considering increasing their candidates for next May.
He said the Party is opting for a one candidate strategy in the Dáil elections for Cork East next year.
Mr Boyle said since Cllr Quaide was elected to Cork County Council both he and Cllr O’Connor have hit the ground running, raising many environmental issues and playing a major role in influencing the County’s Climate Activation strategy.
He said Cllr Quaide represents “a calm personality, not easily ruffled, and very solid” which is a good fit for National politics.
Cllr Boyle said if elected both Liam and Cllr Alan O’Connor will be a strong voice for the Green Party in Cork East.
Cllr Quaide said he will run his campaign on three issues – the environment, health and housing crises.
He said “for me these crises are interlinked and fundamentally come down to a politics of the individual over a politics of community.”
Passionate about social justice all his life, he has volunteered with the Samaritans and Amnesty International.
He also advocated for people with a disability, and individuals with mental health difficulties.