Dublin Bay South byelection to be held on July 8th

Date for contest to fill seat vacated by Eoghan Murphy to be confirmed on Wednesday

On your marks: Labour party candidate Senator Ivana Bacik at the recent launch of her campaign for the Dublin Bay South byelection. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

On your marks: Labour party candidate Senator Ivana Bacik at the recent launch of her campaign for the Dublin Bay South byelection. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

 

The forthcoming byelection in Dublin Bay South is due to be held on July 8th.

A writ will be moved in the Dáil today (on Wednesday) at 12:34pm where the date will be set, signalling the official start of the byelection campaign.

Multiple sources confirmed that July 8th is now the preferred date for the election.

The candidates are James Geoghegan for Fine Gael, Deirdre Conroy for Fianna Fáil, Ivana Bacik for Labour, Claire Byrne for the Green Party, Lynn Boylan for Sinn Féin, Sarah Durcan for the Social Democrats, Brigid Purcell for PBP/Solidarity, Mairéad Tóibín for Aontu and independents Peter Dooley and Mannix Flynn.

The byelection was prompted by the resignation of former Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

The constituency has a reputation as a Fine Gael stronghold and is also one of the most liberal constituencies in the State.

Around 50 per cent of those living in the area live in apartments and Sinn Féin have said that they believe the election will be about housing.