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

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.”

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