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Joanne O'Riordan's brother launches Dáil bid

The filmmaker is running in the Cork North West constituency

THE BROTHER OF disability campaigner Joanne O’Riordan is to run in the next General Election.

Steven O’Riordan, who will run as an independent, is hoping to take a seat in the three-seat Cork North West constituency.

Fine Gael’s Michael Creed and Áine Collins, and Fianna Fáil’s Michael Moynihan currently represent the area.

O’Riordan said the policies of both parties “simply do not work”.

The filmmaker is currently working on policies related to disability, young people, rural issues, immigration, Dáil reform and the arts.

O’Riordan has recently held discussions with both the Independent Alliance and Lucinda Creighton’s new party.

He said the decision to run for election is ”a step into the unknown”

My work to date is very politically orientated. Most people In Ireland find themselves voiceless and I want to change that. We need to start a renewal process and I believe that the 2016 General Election will allow us to do this.

Last year O’Rirodan documented his sister’s life in No Limbs No Limits. Joanne said her brother would make a good public servant as “he actually gets things done”.

O’Riordan said he wants to “give something back” to the people who have helped his family over the years.

“I want people to be proud of the TDs they elect. The people of Cork North West and Ireland deserve better.”

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