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Mayo woman chosen as new member of Seanad Éireann


SEANAD BOUNDMayo woman Pippa Hackett will represent the Green Party in Leinster House.

Michael Commins

MAYO native Pippa Hackett was officially ratified as a senator last Friday. Formerly Powers from Cullane, Ballindine, Pippa was unopposed for the vacancy which was caused by the election of Grace O’Sullivan (Green Party) from Waterford as an MEP back in May.
The Mayo News has documented Pippa’s rapid rise within the ranks of the Green Party for some time now, including her elevation to spokesperson on a number of prominent issues and her election as the first Green Councillor on Offaly County Council some months ago.
The former Mount Saint Michael Secondary School student, who resides with her husband and family of four on a farm near Geashill in Offaly, has very strong links with Mayo and is always delighted to meet people from her home county. She has also been nominated by the Green Party to contest the next General Election in Laois-Offaly.
“This is an immense honour and privilege for me, and I sincerely thank all of those who have supported me in my election to Seanad Éireann.”

Great honour
Speaking after her election, Senator Hackett said: “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 TD, 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.”
Green Party deputy leader and Chair of the Oireachtas Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, Catherine Martin TD, said: “Pippa will be a fantastic addition to Green Party parliamentary team, and to the Oireachtas Women’s Caucus. Having grown up in rural Ireland myself I’m delighted to see another woman from a rural background join our team.”