11th February 2022

Dublin City Councillor Catherine Stocker Announces candidacy for Trinity Seanad Seat

Dublin City Councillor Catherine Stocker has today announced her intention to contest the upcoming Seanad bye-election in the University of Dublin constituency.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Catherine was instrumental in building outreach to schools for several years with the Trinity Access Programme and was elected to Dublin City Council in 2019 as a Social Democrats representative for the Clontarf local electoral area. She will run as an independent candidate. Catherine lives in Donnycarney, Dublin with her husband and two young children.

Confirming her candidacy for the Seanad race Cllr Catherine Stocker said:

“It is clear we have much to do to provide a fair and just society in Ireland. This must start with changing how we do politics. I believe I can be a clear and strong voice in the Seanad to drive the change that is urgently needed. I want to drive a politics that is progressive and compassionate; a politics based on social solidarity not on division and shoring up vested interests.”

“It has been a privilege to both study and work in Trinity College and it would be an absolute privilege to represent the University of Dublin Constituency in the Seanad. So many of us, despite having studied in Trinity, the most prestigious academic institution in the country, have graduated into precariousness and insecurity. Wildly accelerating housing costs, insecure tenancies, childcare that is prohibitively expensive and woefully under-resourced public services are severely limiting people’s opportunities to live a life of dignity and quality. Those without this privilege face an even more uphill struggle. This is not the kind of Ireland I want or that I believe most people want. It’s time to change, and I believe I can bring that voice for change to the Seanad.”

Gary Gannon TD, a Trinity Access Programme graduate and Social Democrats spokesperson on Education and Higher Education, welcoming Stocker’s candidacy said: “Catherine represents the very best of what I know Trinity to be. She’s passionate about positive change, whether it be in housing, justice or educational equality. She brings a huge depth of knowledge to her activism. She would make a wonderful senator and I’ll be proud to vote for Catherine for the Seanad.”

Professor Darryl Jones, a former Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and a Fellow of Trinity College said “Catherine would be a brilliant Senator for Trinity. Over the twenty years I have known her and followed her work I have seen her enormous personal and political integrity and deep commitment to social justice. She is someone you can trust to get things done – exactly the sort of representative we should have in the Seanad. We need more women in public life, and Catherine is one of the women I think we need.’

Since graduating from Trinity College, Cllr Stocker has worked to drive equality, social justice and progressive change through the Trinity Access Programmes, community activism and more recently, on Dublin City Council, where she has had a particular focus on housing and planning which promotes affordability, community and sustainability, and on active travel. She was a community leader in the Repeal movement, is a campaigner for secular education and healthcare and in the climate justice movement.

Concluding, Cllr Stocker said: “I have significant experience in Dublin City Council in holding the power structures to account and I would be a powerful non-government voice in the Seanad for a progressive, fair Ireland.”