Recently Selected Ryan Meets PDFORRA

Ryan meets PDFORRABrendan Ryan TD is pictured (second from left) with Martin Bright, Mark Keane and Paddy Doheny all of PDFORRA at their recent meeting to discuss the rights of Defence Forces members' rights

Brendan Ryan TD has been selected as the Labour Party candidate to contest the next General Election in Dublin Fingal.

The sitting TD, who retained his seat during the difficult 2016 General Election for Labour was selected at a meeting of the Dublin Fingal constituency in Murray’s of Lusk, Speaking on the night, Ryan said: “I’m honoured and delighted to have been selected to contest the next General Election for the Labour Party. We don’t know when the next election is going to be but we are always election ready in Dublin Fingal.

We have never stopped knocking on doors and speaking with our constituents. That is why I believe, I remain as busy as ever and look forward to continuing that work and campaigning whenever the election is called.”

Cllr Duncan Smith proposed Brendan Ryan and has been his Director of Elections in 2011 and 2016. He said: “Brendan has been a wonderful leader of our constituency over the past ten years, his dedication to the people of the North County is a wonderful example to councillors such as myself and Brian McDonagh.”

Meanwhile one of the first engagements for the newly appointed candidate was to meet with senior committee members of the Defence Forces representative body, PDFORRA, to discuss defence forces pay, trade union recognition and recruitment and retention.

Deputy Ryan said: “In my role as Defence person spokesperson, I have met many local people from the North County who are current or former members of the Defence Forces.

“I have also met wives and partners of Defence Forces members. There are many issues affecting the Defence Forces, but chief amongst them, is an inability for members to meet the basic standards of living on their current levels of pay and conditions.

“The spiraling cost of rents has squeezed many people in our defence Forces into working poverty. I met with their representative body PDFORRA who are fighting for Trade Union recognition for their body.
“I fully support the rights of members of our Defence Forces to affiliate to a Trade Union and will pushing the Minister to allow this to take place as soon as possible,” he said.