Cork's only Social Democrat councillor, Holly Cairns, planning a Dáil run 

Cork's only Social Democrat councillor, Holly Cairns, planning a Dáil run 
For Gráinne McGuinness ONLY. Holly McKeever Cairns. Pic; Andy Gibson.

A county councillor who was elected by a single vote in May’s local elections is hoping to once again defy expectations by getting a seat in the Dáil.

Social Democrats’ Cllr Holly Cairns has been selected by her party to run in the Cork South West constituency in the next general election.

Holly Cairns pipped Independent candidate Finbarr Harrington to the final seat in the Bantry LEA by a single vote in May, following four days of counting.

The Aughadown-based Social Democrat said the local election results illustrate the appetite for change.

“We can’t continue to vote for the same thing and expect a different result. For as long as I can remember it’s been a race between two parties with almost identical policies and I think the electorate is ready for a change,” Cllr Cairns said.

“We need policies for the next generation not just the next election, for greater transparency, for an honest and compassionate approach." 

Cllr Cairns has also been made the party's Spokesperson on Agriculture and said the establishment of meaningful support for farmers and rural communities in the face of climate change is one of her top priorities in running for election.

“As a farmer, I’m well aware of the challenges we face as food producers and citizens," she said. "But we’re also people with families to support, just like everyone else. 

"We have to face this new reality – but that doesn’t have to be a cliff-edge, with no supports or alternatives in place." 

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