Father-son duo from India win big in Ireland’s local polls

In a rare event, a father-son duo, who moved to Ireland nearly 24 years ago from Kerala, won seats from south Dublin region in local council polls held in Ireland on June 7.

While Baby Pereppadan, who became the councillor for the third time, won from Tallaght South as a Fine Gael candidate, his son Britto won for the first time from Tallaght Central from the same party.

Britto Pereppadan is in his second year as a doctor at Tallaght University Hospital.

As many as six Indian-origin candidates have managed to win local council polls.

Ireland’s two main coalition parties — Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil — are on course to thump Sinn Fien in local council elections held on June 7. With results of almost half of 949 seats declared, Prime Minister Simon Harris’ Fine Gael and his main coalition partner Fianna Fail each had secured 23% of the first-preference votes.

The outcome dealt a potential blow to Sinn Fien’s hopes of securing its first victory in national election due by March 2025 as the left-wing party had hit 35% in opinion polls as recently as October.

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