Six migrants ran for Dáil seats in 2016 General Election
2016-03-01 15:27:52 -

By Meghan Nosal


Since Our Previous edition, Metro Éireann has become aware of four more immigrant candidates who contested the General Election.

This brings to six the total number of candidates of non-Irish background, all of whom contested as Independents.

They include Mohammad Kamal Uddin and Sheikh Mohiuddin Ahmed, both from Bangladesh.

Uddin, who lives in Castlebar, previously ran for a local election seat in Mayo in 2014, while Ahmed, president of the Irish National Minority Council, stood for a Dáil seat in the Waterford constituency.

The other two are Ennis-based economic policy consultant and first-time candidate Andre Sibo Hakizimana, from Rwanda, who ran in Clare, and American-born outgoing Senator Katherine Zappone, who contested in Dublin South-West.

As previously reported, Nigerian-born Patrick Akpoveta contested in Dublin Mid-West, after being unsuccessful in 2014’s local elections, while Canadian international law expert Dr Roslyn Fuller contested for a seat in Dublin Fingal.

- Find out how these candidates performed in the next issue of Metro Éireann on sale 15 March

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