Dublin North East Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Cllr Larry O'Toole

A sitting Councillor on Dublin City Council, Larry was first elected in 1999. In the 2004 Local Elections, Larry secured 4,497 of the first preference votes; 33% of the total votes cast in the Artane Ward. This was the second highest vote achieved by any candidate in the State.

Larry first came to public attention through his Trade Union work as a representative of the Gateaux workers in the 1980's. As a union shop steward during a strike Larry was banned from speaking on RTE by the then Broadcasting Act which did not permit interviews with members of Sinn Féin. Larry successfully challenged this undemocratic legislation and was instrumental in the downfall of political censorship in the 26 Counties.

Larry has always been an outspoken advocate of the marginalised in Dublin North East and elsewhere. His work has seen him challenge the establishment parties on their record on housing, healthcare provision, employment, workers rights, transport and other issues. His tireless work in speaking out against the scourge of drugs in working class communities, as well as Government indifference to this problem, is well recognised and respected even by his political opponents. In 1998 Larry was the subject of an assassination attempt by a drug dealer and was seriously injured.