We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Ruth Coppinger will become the first woman nominated for Taoiseach

The Dublin West TD says she represents an “alternative to the failed policies of the 1%”.

RUTH COPPINGER WILL be nominated by the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit for Taoiseach tomorrow.

The Dublin West TD will be the first woman to be nominated for the position.

Speaking this evening, Coppinger said the AAA-PBP are nominating her as a candidate who will “stand politically opposed to the establishment and other parties”.

“We want to act as a clear, left, socialist voice for workers and the oppressed in society who are suffering from the effects of the crises in housing and health, and to outline the alternative to the failed policies of the 1%.”

Coppinger said it is “fitting” she is the first woman to stand for the position at a time when the country is dealing with “the feminisation of poverty” due to cutbacks, and calls for the Eighth Amendment to be repealed.

The vote will take place in the Dáil tomorrow. A similar vote on 10 March saw Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny, Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and PBP’s Richard Boyd-Barrett all fail to be elected.

Since then talks about forming a new government have intensified between various parties and groups, but the outcome of negotiations remains unclear.

Read: This is how Fine Gael would govern with independent TDs – but what about Fianna Fáil?

Read: How these two could resolve their differences over Irish Water and water charges

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.