From Tallaght to Rathfarnham, the fight is on in one of Dublin's most unpredictable battlegrounds

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From Tallaght to Rathfarnham, the fight is on in one of Dublin's most unpredictable battlegrounds GE2020 dubsw

The constituency covers a wide area to the Dublin Mountains in the south. Image: Shutterstock/AleksandrsG The constituency covers a wide area to the Dublin Mountains in the south. Image: Shutterstock/AleksandrsG CAMPAIGNING IN ANY constituency is no easy feat but in Dublin South West the geography makes things very tricky indeed.

“After the 2016 election, I felt that we were not humble enough and didn’t acknowledge the harm that was done in the five years ,” he says of his departure from Labour. The lack of clarity around his condition is because, after two years of waiting for a diagnosis, the family have received nothing official but only a verbal assessment. I can’t go into the school as I mightn’t get the reports, it’s going to take up to four weeks. So we’re heading to the second week now and we haven’t heard anything, we don’t even know what to do with the child to help him.

“I remember seeing a post on the residents association page that we were getting a guard that was going to be on a bike,” she said. “But I haven’t seen him once.”After we left the woman, I asked Duff about his involvement with anti-drug projects in the area. Fianna Fáil previously held two seats during the Bertie Ahern-era when the constituency was a four-seater and the party is targeting a second seat this time out by running three candidates.

Just weeks after he was first elected the Dáil, Murphy was involved in the November 2014 Jobstown protest that ultimately saw him charged and then acquitted of falsely imprisoning then táinaiste Joan Burton. Employment lawyer at A&L Goodbody Ciarán Ahern is a first-time candidate in the area after being selected to run only a few weeks ago.

People are very nice. Everyone’s like ‘this is great having someone new and we want something new’. But you don’t know if that’s going to translate into votes. Loads of people will be nice to you at the door and then just won’t vote for you. Ahern says he has been “working quietly in the background” of Labour for the past 10 years or so, campaigning as part of the marriage equality and repeal referendums before he was approached to put his name forward this time around.

The candidate is assured of number ones in this house but he also uses it as a chance to speak about housing. His friend’s sister has moved home with her two children and husband to save for a mortgage.


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Duff can rationalize it anyway he likes. He can stick a cherry on the top but it won’t make ppl forget. THEY WERE IN A COALITION - THEY COULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE. Too little too late even from ex Labour.

The locals want FFG out. Simple. Time for change. ge2020

Interesting you only cover two candidates one independent and one labour good ‘balanced’ reporting what’s your agenda here?

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