GREEN Party Councillor Lorna Bogue, who came fifth in the four seat constituency in the recent General Election, said she is ready to run again in the event of a by-election should Cork South Central TD Simon Coveney by appointed EU Commissioner by Fine Gael.
Speaking to, Ms Bogue stated:
“If it happens, it happens and I’m ready to go again.
“I’m reminded of my colleague Oliver Moran (Green city councillor) who had a by-election, local election and general election in a very short space of time.
“I’m ready to go again but I would have to be selected by the Green Party to run again,” she added.
“We always open up elections to nominations but I don’t know if anyone else would be interested in running.
“I would be campaigning on the same issues I campaigned on previously which are housing, health and the ongoing biodiversity and climate crisis.” Ms Bogue has been openly critical of some of her party’s decisions in Dail since the Green Party joined the government in recent months.
“The Green Party is in government now and I’ve been holding them to account as a Councillor,” she said.
“If I were to be elected as a TD, it would give me more of an ability to hold the party to account and that would be a huge motivation for me because there are still issues.
“The incinerator here in Cork was not removed even though the legislation to remove it is there,” she added.
Ms Bogue said that, from the perspective of national interest, appointing Simon Coveney to the role of EU Commissioner would be a good decision given his experience in Brexit negotiations and trade.
She added that the previous by-election in Cork led to tension in Cork City Council, which she would be keen to avoid in the event of another election.
“The last time there was a by-election, it was a nightmare in City Hall because there was so much shape-throwing in terms of policy issues.
“From that standpoint as a councillor, I wouldn’t look forward to a by-election in that sense if it came about but I would of course, be ready to run.”