Former Green councillor Sadhbh O’Neill to run for Seanad TCD seat

By-election taking place to fill seat created after Ivana Bacik became a TD in July

Sadhbh O’Neill is to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming Seanad by-election. Photograph: Twitter

Former Green Party councillor Sadhbh O’Neill has confirmed her intention to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming Seanad by-election.

The vacancy in the Trinity College Dublin seat was created by the election of Labour TD Ivana Bacik to the Dáil in July.

Ms O’ Neill is an academic researcher, lecturer and advocate for environmental protection, and climate action.

“Our economic structures and our politics are driving inequality, suffering and a dangerously heating planet,” she said on Wednesday. “But there are solutions; and they’ve been around for decades.


“To tackle these multiple crises we need a new politics – regenerative politics, that serves people and the environment that supports us.

“Regenerative politics does not pit progress against nature. It puts justice and fairness at the heart of politics. No-one is left behind, and there are no sacrifice zones.

“As a spokesperson for environmental and climate action for over three decades I want to take this work into a political forum.

“This is why I’m running as a candidate in the Trinity Seanad By-election, so I can bring these ideas to the site of power in Ireland, and hold the Government and all political parties and institutions to account.”

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson is an Irish Times reporter