Assumed office |
18 September 1961|
Drimnagh, Dublin, Ireland
|Political party||Solidarity–People Before Profit|
|Labour Party (until 1998)|
|Alma mater||Tallaght Institute of Technology|
Bríd Smith (born 18 September 1961) is an Irish Solidarity–People Before Profit politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South-Central constituency since the 2016 general election.
Smith regularly participates in campaigns and protests. In 2001, she was an ATGWU shop steward and Secretary of the Campaign Against Partnership Deals. She was a spokesperson for the Anti-Bin Tax Campaign. She has addressed the crowd at demonstrations, such as the visit to Dublin by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the 2004 protests against the Iraq War. She has criticised health cuts implemented by the government at Cherry Orchard Hospital, and organised a protest against Mary Harney, on behalf of the Save Cherry Orchard Hospital Campaign. She opposed the Treaty of Lisbon. She opposes the alcohol industry's sponsorship of sporting events.
Smith was director of elections for the People Before Profit at the 2011 general election. She stood as a candidate in the Dublin constituency at the 2014 European Parliament election, splitting the left vote and being blamed in some quarters for the loss of Paul Murphy's seat.
Smith was narrowly elected as TD for Dublin South-Central at the 2016 general election. This had been the fourth time she had stood for the Dáil. On 10 March 2016, at the first sitting of the 32nd Dáil, she seconded the nomination of Richard Boyd Barrett for the role of Taoiseach.
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