Ruth Coppinger

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Ruth Coppinger
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2014
Constituency Dublin West
Personal details
Born Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Imran Khan

Ruth Coppinger is an Irish Socialist Party politician for Dublin West, who was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) at the 2014 Dublin West by-election.[1] That by-election was caused by the resignation of independent TD Patrick Nulty.

Personal life[edit]

Coppinger lives in Mulhuddart. She is married to Imran Khan and is a secondary school teacher.[2] Her elder brother Eugene Coppinger serves on Fingal County Council.[3]

Political career[edit]

Coppinger was a member of Fingal County Council for the Mulhuddart area from 2003 to 2014.[4] She was co-opted to the council in 2003, replacing Joe Higgins. She was elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2009. She was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2011 Dublin West by-election.[4]

She later joined party colleague Joe Higgins in the Dáil as a result of the 2014 by-election in the same constituency.[5] On being elected, she called for a mass campaign of opposition to water charges being imposed by the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition.[6]


  1. ^ "Coppinger wins Dublin West by-election". RTÉ News. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "About Ruth". Official website. 
  3. ^ Murphy, Cormac (27 May 2014). "Fingal County council: Final counts filled overnight". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 May 2014. Eugene Coppinger, brother of new Dublin West TD Ruth Coppinger, had a successful campaign. Mr Coppinger, a Socialist Part[y] and Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate, said the whole family is proud of his little sister Ruth's achievement. 
  4. ^ a b "Ruth Coppinger". Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  5. ^ O'Connor, Niall (25 May 2014). "Ruth Coppinger's victory doubles Socialist Party's voice in Dail". Irish Independent. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  6. ^ McCarthaigh, Sean (24 May 2014). "Coppinger: Win is a result for ordinary working people". Retrieved 24 May 2014. 

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Preceded by
Patrick Nulty
Socialist Party Teachta Dála for Dublin West