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Green Party councillor Pippa Hackett elected to Seanad

She replaces party colleague Grace O’Sullivan who was elected to the European Parliament in May.

(Green Party/PA)
(Green Party/PA)

By Aoife Moore, PA

Greens Party representative Pippa Hackett has been elected to the Seanad.

Ms Hackett, the party’s agriculture spokeswoman, was elected to the vacant seat left by colleague Grace O’Sullivan, who was elected to the European Parliament in May.

Ms Hackett was the only nominated candidate and was elected uncontested to Seanad Eireann on Friday.

She became the first Green councillor elected to Offaly County Council in May.

Speaking on Friday, Ms Hackett said: “I sincerely thank all of those who have supported me in my election to Seanad Eireann.

“My election to Offaly County Council last May was such a proud moment for me, and to quote the Cathaoirleach Peter Ormond of Offaly County Council, ‘there is no greater honour than to be elected by your own’.

“I am really excited about taking up my seat in the Seanad. I am looking forward to being a voice for rural Ireland, and I will be honoured to also represent the people of Offaly and Laois as their sole senator.

“I will represent farmers who are tired of the status quo and want to see a new vision for agriculture in Ireland, one that works in tune with our environment and biodiversity, and that provides a better future for our family farmers.

“I will be a voice for women, for our natural environment and heritage, and for the welfare of our animals.

“Above all, I will be a Green voice in the Seanad, and I look forward to working with my fellow senators, and with my parliamentary party colleagues Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin, to help shape a better, greener future for Ireland.”

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said: “Pippa will be a fantastic addition to the Seanad.

“She brings real experience as a mother, farmer and councillor that can inform the debate in the Seanad, especially at a time when our agricultural system is in real crisis.”

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