Dublin councillor resigns from People Before Profit

John Lyons takes decision following ‘difficulties’ with leadership of left-wing party

 TDs Gino Kenny, Richard Boyd Barrett and Bríd Smith with (behind) Cllr John Lyons and MLA Gerry Carroll at the People Before Profit national conference at Wynn’s Hotel, in Dublin, in 2017. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

TDs Gino Kenny, Richard Boyd Barrett and Bríd Smith with (behind) Cllr John Lyons and MLA Gerry Carroll at the People Before Profit national conference at Wynn’s Hotel, in Dublin, in 2017. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

 

Cllr John Lyons has resigned from People Before Profit over “difficulties” with its leadership, he announced on Monday.

Cllr Lyons was elected to Dublin City Council in 2014, representing the north Dublin Beaumont-Donaghmede ward.

He said he would remain a councillor, and confirmed he would contest the upcoming local elections in May. The decision to leave the party “was not taken lightly nor quickly,” he said.

“The difficulties I’ve had with the leadership of PBP over the future direction of the party in the Dublin Bay North area over the past six months could ultimately not be resolved,” he said.

Cllr Lyons had been a member of People Before Profit for 10 years. He came close to winning a Dáil seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency in the 2016 general election, finishing seventh in the tight five-seat race, and was eliminated after the 14th count.

Cllr Lyons said he would be launching a “new left-wing political initiative” in the north Dublin constituency, along with other local activists, in the near future.

People Before Profit has three sitting TDs; Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny, and Bríd Smith. The left-wing party is in a Dáil alliance with Solidarity, which also has three deputies.

The departure of Cllr Lyons leaves the party with nine sitting councillors, the majority of which have seats on Dublin local authorities.

Cllr Lyons said he would not be commenting further on his decision to leave the party.