Independent Senator Katherine Zappone and her team marked the start of her General Election campaign by hosting a launch gathering at her office on Main Street, Tallaght Village on Saturday October 10th. Senator Zappone was joined by Trinity Students' Union President & former An Cosán student Lynn Ruane, along with many local residents and campaign supporters.
The office is situated just across the road from the Dominican Priory, where Katherine was first invited by a local woman, Mary Sweeney to teach a course in Women’s Studies in 1986. This was the beginning of the journey which would see Katherine, along with her partner Ann Louise, co-found The Shanty, which later became An Cosán. Working with local people, Katherine developed An Cosán into one of the largest adult education centres in the country.
In attendance was TCDSU President, Lynn Ruane, who spoke about how important her An Cosán education has been in her life and Katherine's role in establishing the organisation, saying that "education has changed my life and will change the lives of my children and all their generations to follow".
As someone who has worked with the people of Dublin South West for over 30 years and one of the leading campaigners for marriage equality, Senator Zappone has a strong history of fighting for social justice and a fairer Ireland. She is passionate about changing Irish politics through collaborating with citizens and her core values of equality, community, empathy and opportunity will be the cornerstones of her campaign. She wants to see an Ireland where politicians work together with citizens to find real, workable solutions to to social and economic inequality across the board.
Senator Zappone stated:
“My decision to run as an Independent candidate in Dublin South West for the next General Election affords me the freedom to think, build relationships, negotiate and act outside of the strictures and regulations of party politics and whips.
Independence allows a greater creativity to bring one’s own gifts and experience to the political agenda.
Freedom to think and act with imagination is precisely what Ireland needs now to change its direction from austerity politics to the politics of generativity and equality for everyone."