All eyes are on South Dublin Bay as the battle to win the seat at stake in the 2021 by-elections starts to get interesting.
It is a massive fight, now it has been confirmed that six candidates will run with more on the way and it is not clear who will emerge victorious.
So who are the six confirmed candidates and what are their plans for the constituency?
The most recent candidate in the race is Peter Dooley, co-founder of the Dublin Renters Union.
Confirming his independent candidacy in a Twitter video yesterday, Dooley said: “I have worked to prevent evictions and continue to work supporting and advising tenants in the local community.
“I am a principled activist and activist and I will be present at the by-elections in South Dublin Bay. And I want you, if you want to be part of a fairer Ireland, please vote Peter Dooley Number 1.”
After former constituency TD Kate O’Connell declared that she would not seek the Fine Gael nomination, Dublin City Councilor James Geoghegan emerged as the best option to represent them in the by-elections.
Officially selected on May 13, the main message of Geoghegan’s campaign is to turn Dublin into “a 15-minute city”, which he explained as: “The idea that you would have your local community service, your local school, your local business, all within a 15 minute walk or bike from where you live. “
Fianna Fail chose Councilor Deirdre Conroy as her candidate earlier this week.
Conroy has focused on the pollution in Dublin Bay as a campaign message, saying: “Dublin Bay is a wonderful resource for the entire population of Dublin, but it needs to be protected. We need to protect it from pollution.”
“I swim year-round in the Irish Sea and I want to see people of all ages swimming in the bay and that means stopping the pollution and getting rid of untreated sewage.”
People Before Profit has chosen Brigid Purcell to lead them to the election.
He has also focused on the pollution in Dublin Bay and staged a protest last weekend on Sandymount Beach highlighting the problem.
Purcell also staged a protest on Friday in front of Portobello Plaza, defying its ongoing weekend closings after large crowds gathered there to socialize.
Senator Ivana Bacik has long represented Labor. She has identified housing, childcare and climate change as her top three campaign points ahead of the elections.
His message to voters is: “We need a housing policy that provides decent and affordable housing for everyone, including families and youth, not speculative profits for developers.”
The sixth candidate to officially run is Independent Councilman Mannix Flynn. He has contested the last three general elections without success and is known for his opposition to the opening of the largest homeless shelter in the state, staging a protest against him in 2019.
Several other potential candidates could also participate in the race.
Both Dublin Mayor Hazel Chu, who was defeated in the recent Seanad by-elections, and Councilor Claire Byrne will compete for the Green Party, while Sinn Fein has yet to announce their choice of candidate.