Gary Gannon

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Gary Gannon
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City Councillor
Assumed office
Dublin City Council
Personal details
Gary Gannon

(1987-02-18) 18 February 1987 (age 31)
Dublin, Ireland
Political partySocial Democrats (since 2015)
Other political
Independent (Before 2015)
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
WebsiteOfficial website

Gary Gannon (born 18 February 1987) is a member of the Irish Social Democrats political party. He is currently an elected member of Dublin City Council.[1]


Gannon was born in Dublin’s North Inner City. The son of a street trader he left school to train as a plumber.[2] When he was unemployed he completed a one-year TAP foundation course for higher education. He went on to study History and Politics at Trinity College Dublin. [3]

Political career[edit]

Gannon was elected to Dublin City Council in 2014 in the North Inner City electoral area as an independent candidate.[4]

Social Democrats[edit]

In September 2015 he joined the newly formed Social Democrats Party. Gannon was one of five general election candidates put forward by the Social Democrats to contest the 2016 General Election.[5] He ran in the Dublin Central Constituency. Gannon lost out on a seat to Maureen O’Sullivan by a tight margin in a competitive constituency which included Mary Lou McDonald and Paschal O’Donohoe. [6]


Gannon is active in the Irish media. He often speaks about access to education,[7] more recently how the lack of access to education plays into poverty and gang violence.[8] He has also spoken extensively about the Magdalene laundries and the need to preserve the historical significance of the sites - particularly the last laundry to close in Ireland, located in Gloucester Street, Dublin 1. [9][10]


  1. ^ "Gary Gannon - MacGill Summer School". MacGill Summer School. 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ "'You grow up in a flat complex in Summerhill and you think the State is out to get you'". The Irish Times.
  3. ^ "'I was the only one judging people'". The Irish Times.
  4. ^ "The Irish Times, Local Election Results for Dublin City Council". The Irish Times.
  5. ^ "Social Democrats name five general election hopefuls". Irish Examiner. 6 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Dublin Central results: Maureen O'Sullivan retains seat in tight contest". The Irish Times.
  7. ^ "At Lunch With… Councillor Gary Gannon". Dublin Inquirer. 14 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Hutch-Kinahan feud may end but the cycle of violence will not". The Irish Times.
  9. ^ Gannon, Gary. "Magdalene memorial: 'I grew up in the shadow of that laundry'".
  10. ^ O’Loughlin, Ed (21 March 2018). "A Blot on Ireland's Past, Facing Demolition" – via