New to politics: Hazel Chu, Jackie Healy-Rae jnr and others on their political ambitions
New councillors include a famous Kerry name, a Gogglebox star, and the State's youngest councillor
Jackie Healy-Rae jnr takes a break from canvassing to visit his grandfather Jackie’s grave in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry. Photograph: Don MacMonagle
Hazel Chu, Green Party
‘Would I run for the Dáil? You sound like my mother’
Hazel Chu, the new Green Party councillor for Dublin City’s Pembroke Ward, was the national co-ordinator of the party and its spokesperson for enterprise, but when I ask if she was political growing up, she laughs.
“Jesus, no. My mum and dad came from a very working-class background. My mum was a dishwasher. My dad was a kitchen porter. If you had asked them 40 years ago if they knew anything about politics, they would have said no.”