Niall Ó Tuathail to run as centre-left Independent in Galway West

Candidate expresses interest in 'starting a party of one and building it after the election'

Niall Ó Tuathail.

Niall Ó Tuathail.

Niall Ó Tuathail, who this week declared that he will stand as an Independent in Galway West for Election 2016, will host a series of 'town hall' style meetings to build a campaigning movement around his candidacy.

Mr Ó Tuathail is running on a centre-left, social democratic, platform of "a more positive, inclusive social vision"; high-quality, accessible, efficient public services; investment in communities; and a thriving economy based on Irish small and medium businesses across the country.

Mr Ó Tuathail's campaign was launched on Monday in the Galway City Museum by Senator Katherine Zappone and Independent TD Stephen Donnelly. Although standing as an Independent, he said he would not rule out joining a party at some stage. “I intend to be part of a centre-left party," he said. "Either there will be a new party starting before the election, or I will be starting a party of one and building it after the election.”

The candidate will hold a series of town hall events throughout Galway West over the coming months as part of his campaign.

Mr Ó Tuathail is originally from Dangan Heights and later studied at Trinity College Dublin. He started a software design business Mobile Clipboard in 2014, which is based in Galway and serves clients in Dublin, London and Lisbon. He ran the canvassing campaign for Stephen Donnelly, elected to the Dáil as an Independent for Wicklow, and for David Hall's Dublin West by-election campaign in 2014. More recently, he organised the YesEquality campaign in Galway.

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