Ruth Coppinger

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Ruth Coppinger
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2014
Constituency Dublin West
Personal details
Born (1967-04-18) 18 April 1967 (age 50)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Solidarity–PBP
Other political
Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Imran Khan (m. 2007)
Children 1
Alma mater University College Dublin

Ruth Coppinger (born 18 April 1967) is an Irish Solidarity–PBP politician and a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin West constituency. She was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2014 Dublin West by-election under the banner of the Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit (AAA–PBP), an organisation affiliated to the Socialist Party. The AAA was re-branded as Solidarity in 2017.

Political career[edit]

Coppinger was a member of Fingal County Council for the Mulhuddart area from 2003 to 2014.[1] 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 for the Socialist Party[2] at the 2011 Dublin West by-election.[1]

She later joined party colleague Joe Higgins in the Dáil as a result of the 2014 by-election in the same constituency.[3][4] On being elected, she called for a mass campaign of opposition to water charges being imposed by the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition.[5]

In September 2015, she joined homeless families from Blanchardstown in occupying a Nama-controlled property as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the housing crisis.[6] In October 2015, she joined families in their occupation of a show house in her constituency to protest at the lack of availability of affordable social housing.[7] She has also supported the tenants of Tyrrelstown who were made homeless when a Goldman Sachs vulture fund sold their houses.[8][9][10][11][12]

On 21 January 2016, Coppinger's house was burgled - she told RTÉ the following day: "When I arrived home at nine o'clock last night, the house had been rifled through."[13][14]

She was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2016 general election, this time under the Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit banner.[15] On 10 March 2016, at the first sitting of the 32nd Dáil, she nominated Richard Boyd Barrett for the role of Taoiseach, quoting James Connolly from a hundred years previously when she said: "The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system. It must go" and declaring: "We will not vote for the identical twin candidates" of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil after they "imposed austerity".[16] On 6 April 2016, following the failure of the Dáil to elect a Taoiseach at that first sitting, Coppinger was nominated for the role of Taoiseach, becoming the first female nominee in the history of the state.[17][18][19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Coppinger lives in Mulhuddart. She is married to Imran Khan[21] and is a secondary school teacher.[22] Her eldest brother Eugene Coppinger serves on Fingal County Council.[23]


  1. ^ a b "Ruth Coppinger". Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nulty elected in Dublin West". Irish Examiner. 29 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Coppinger wins Dublin West by-election". RTÉ News. 24 May 2014. 
  4. ^ O'Connor, Niall (25 May 2014). "Ruth Coppinger's victory doubles Socialist Party's voice in Dail". Irish Independent. 
  5. ^ McCarthaigh, Sean (24 May 2014). "Coppinger: Win is a result for ordinary working people". 
  6. ^ "Group occupies Nama-controlled property to raise awareness of homelessness". Irish Independent. 22 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dail deputy Ruth Coppinger and homeless families 'occupy' West Dublin show house". Irish Independent. 3 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tyrrelstown tenants organise protest today". The Sunday Business Post. 22 March 2016. 
  9. ^ Edwards, Elaine (18 March 2016). "Families begin to leave Tyrrelstown estate as leases not renewed: Residents meeting tonight agree to protest march on the Dáil next Tuesday". The Irish Times. 
  10. ^ "Tyrrelstown tenants meeting over eviction notices". RTÉ News. 14 March 2016. 
  11. ^ Lennon, Barry (17 March 2016). "Pressure on Kelly to help families facing eviction". Irish Independent. 
  12. ^ "Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group calls for government intervention". 19 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ruth Coppinger reveals house burglary live on RTÉ". RTÉ News. 22 January 2016. 
  14. ^ Treacy, Ciara (22 January 2016). "Dublin TD Ruth Coppinger's home burgled while she was on the radio". Irish Independent. 
  15. ^ "Election 2016: Ruth Coppinger". RTÉ. 27 February 2016. 
  16. ^ McQuinn, Cormac (10 March 2016). "Parties nominate their leaders to be the next Taoiseach". Irish Independent. 
  17. ^ "Ruth Coppinger will become the first woman nominated for Taoiseach". 5 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Ireland will have its first ever female Taoiseach nominee on Wednesday". 5 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "Ruth Coppinger set to make Irish political history this afternoon". 6 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "Left Wing TD Ruth Coppinger will be the first woman ever nominated for Taoiseach today". 6 April 2016. 
  21. ^ "Coppinger makes dramatic entrance". The Sunday Times. 25 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "About Ruth". Official website. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. 
  23. ^ Murphy, Cormac (27 May 2014). "Fingal County council: Final counts filled overnight". Irish Independent. 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. 

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Preceded by
Joan Burton from 2002
Leo Varadkar from 2007
Brian Lenihan Jnr to 2011
Patrick Nulty 2011–14
Joe Higgins to 2016
Teachta Dála for Dublin West
With: Joan Burton
Jack Chambers
Leo Varadkar