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This retired plumber's been selected as a Dáil candidate for People Before Profit

Nicky Coules was elected as a councillor for the party in May. His entry into the race in Dublin South West will split the left-wing vote in the area.

ANOTHER LEFT-WING candidate has joined the battle to fill Brian Hayes’ vacant Dáil seat in Dublin South-West.

Nicky Coules, a councillor from Tallaght, has been nominated to stand for People Before Profit.

A long-time resident of Jobstown, Coules was recently elected as a councillor in the May local elections.

In a statement announcing his candidacy, he said he wanted to turn the vote into a “referendum on the water charges”.

He also plans to highlight the issue of workers rights in the area. The statement continues:

I have spent the last few weeks supporting the Greyhound workers who are standing up against pay cuts. I am also aware that there are many young people facing gross exploitation from unscrupulous employers who are using the recession to slash wages.

Former MEP Paul Murphy is also contesting the election for the Anti-Austerity Alliance.

All of the main political parties have now selected their candidates, with Cathal King contesting it for Sinn Féin, Labour running Pamela Kearns, Fine Gael running Cáit Keane and John Lahart bidding for the seat for Fianna Fáil.

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