Poll Topping Councillor to Contest General Election

Following on from his poll topping success in the local elections, where he received one of the top ten votes across Dublin, and with the endorsement sitting TD’s Paul Murphy and Joan Collins, Independent Dublin City Councillor Cieran Perry has announced his intention to run in the upcoming General election in Dublin Central.
Councillor Perry said

 “It is my intention to offer the electorate of Dublin Central an opportunity to elect an active and campaigning TD, to represent their interests and who will campaign for equality for all in Housing, Health & Education.”

Independent Councillor Perry is a leading activist in the massive anti-water tax campaign. He has repeatedly called for an end to this unfair water tax and for legislation to prevent the privatisation of Irish water.
Councillor Perry said

“I am the only politician in Dublin Central actively opposing this double tax. I stand with the enormous Community led campaign to repeal yet another unfair tax on people who can ill afford to pay. One in five children go to school hungry yet Fine Gael and Labour seek to inflict further hardship upon families and ordinary people. Shame on them”

Councillor Perry will be running against Fine Gael Minister Pascal Donohue and former Labour Party Minister Joe Costello.
Councillor Perry said

“Following on from Fianna Fails’ disastrous Government, people were promised change by Fine Gael and Labour. They were lied to. Despite Fine Gael & Labour’s attempts at spin, the majority of people are still struggling to pay their bills while our health, education and public services have continued to decline. Yet the wealthiest 250 people in Ireland have seen their riches increase by 15% in one year alone. I want to challenge the next Government to stand by the people and stand up to the bankers, bond holders and tax avoiding corporations.

 Following on from 20 years of Community activism, Cieran Perry ran for election as an Independent Councillor in 2004. He narrowly missed out on taking the seat from Maurice Ahearn, Bertie’s brother and in Bertie’s stronghold, by only 94 votes. His second election in 2009 was a huge success taking over 2,000 votes and being elected
Last year’s local election saw Cieran top the poll. This is a tribute to the hard work, honesty and dedication of the large team of volunteers who campaign alongside Councillor Perry.

Councillor Perry sits on the Housing Strategic Policy Committee of Dublin City Council and has campaigned for a housing program to seriously tackle the housing and homeless crisis.

Cieran has been a prominent anti-drugs activist for almost two decades. Formerly the secretary of the Coalition of Communities Against Drugs (C.O.C.A.D.) he has constantly challenged the failure of the judiciary to implement the existing mandatory sentences for drug dealers and worked with recovering addicts to ensure that drug free recovery facilities are available.

Cieran is a member of the statuary Dublin City Joint Policing Committee and was also a member of the Lord Mayor’s Commission on Anti-Social Behaviour.

Cieran is a shop steward for UNITE the union and also a patron of the Peoples Movement.

Cieran is vice-chair of the Moore Street Advisory Committee on Dublin City Council and an active supporter of the Save Moore Street 1916 Campaign.

Of greatest importance, Cieran has continually worked with the communities across Dublin Central on issues of importance to local residents such as in the Phibsborough Local Area Plan, employment and education opportunities for residents in Stoneybatter  in the new DIT campus in Grangegorman, community benefit for local residents East Wall and the North Inner City during the Docklands development and with the people of Cabra people seeking acceptable and affordable housing.

Cllr Cieran Perry with Joan Collins TD and Paul Murphy TD