The Social Democrats were founded in 2015.

It was founded by TDs Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy and former Labour junior minister Róisín Shortall. Murphy and Shortall serve as co-leaders of the party (Donnelly left in 2016 and later joined Fianna Fáil). It has a number of sitting councillors, and gained additional TDs in the 2020 general election.


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  • Episode 3: Catherine Stocker: Social Democrats

    3: Catherine Stocker: Social Democrats

    •   17th August 2020
    •   51 mins

    We talk to Social Democrats local councillor Catherine Stocker about joining and building a new political party, campaigning in the repeal referendum, and her experience as a local councillor.

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