Ruth Coppinger set to make Irish political history this afternoon

The Dublin West TD will become the first woman ever to be nominated for Taoiseach when the Dail meets later today.

She will be nominated by the Anti Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit party and speaking yesterday she said she would  “stand politically opposed to the establishment and other parties”.

“We want to act as a clear, left, socialist voice for workers and the oppressed in society who are suffering from the effects of the crises in housing and health, and to outline the alternative to the failed policies of the 1%.”

This is the second attempt by the Dail to elect a leader after the previous vote on 10 March saw Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny, Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and PBP’s Richard Boyd-Barrett all fail to be elected.

Since then talks about forming a new government have been progressing very slowly between the various parties and we are no nearer to having a government than we were four weeks ago.