You’re elected: the six migrant women who won council seats in Ireland


Six migrant women have been elected to local Councils in the 2019 elections. AkiDwa is especially delighted that Ireland has just elected our first black woman to a seat on Meath County Council.  Councillor Yemi Adenuga is one of the six migrant women candidates who won council seats in this year’s local elections.

Yemi is originally from Nigeria and she was elected to Meath County Council for Fine Gael. Yemi ran an active digital and social media campaign from her website: and twitter account. Also elected for Fine Gael was Punam Rane in Dublin Fingal County Council’s Blanchardstown Mulhuddart constituency.

The other successful migrant women candidates include two  from the Green Party, one from Labour and one from  People Before Profit.

Dublin–born Hazel Chu, whose family are from Hong Kong and  Sophie Nicoullard, who was born   in  France, both ran as Green Party candidates.

Sophie  was  elected to Dublin City Council for Ballyfermot and Drimnagh  and Hazel was elected in Dublin’s Pembroke electoral area.

Councillor Madeleine Johanson, originally from Sweden,  was re-elected to South Dublin County Council  for Clondalkin.

Limerick City & County Councillor Elena Secas,  who is originally from Moldova, is the sixth migrant woman to succeed in this year’s local elections. Councillor Secas was re-elected to Limerick Council for Labour in the City’s East electoral area.   She moved to Ireland in 2001 and she has been living and working there ever since.

Elena and Madeleine are the only two migrant women councillors to have been re-elected for a second five-year term in office.

AkiDwA sends our congratulations to all of the nine migrant councillors elected in the  2019 Irish council elections.

Migrant candidates on Twitter include






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