Arts activist Sarah Durcan selected as Soc Dems candidate for Dublin Bay South

May 31, 2018

The Social Democrats are pleased to announce that #Wakingthefeminists activist Sarah Durcan has been selected as our candidate to contest the next General Election in the constituency of Dublin Bay South.

Sarah’s background is in theatre and arts management and she is a board member of the Abbey Theatre. She was the general manager of Dublin Theatre Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival, and now works to bring arts into STEM education with Science Gallery.

Speaking after her selection convention this week, Sarah said:

“I’m honoured to be contesting the next general election for the Social Democrats in Dublin Bay South. We witnessed over the weekend how deeply engaged citizens working collaboratively can change our country. We need to continue this transformation to equality and inclusion through politics that puts people and a social democratic vision at its heart.”

The party’s co-leader Róisín Shortall TD said:

“We are delighted that Sarah is bringing her vibrant vision for a better and fairer Ireland to the Soc Dems in Dublin Bay South. Sarah played a leading role in the #Wakingthefeminists movement to demand radical cultural shifts in an arena that has been male dominated for so long. I know she will be an excellent Dáil representative and will champion real progressive change for the people of Dublin Bay South.”


31 May 2018

Notes to Editors:

Sarah Durcan is the Global Operations Manager of Science Gallery International, the global university linked network dedicated to breaking down the boundaries between art and science. Sarah holds a BA in Communications from DCU and an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from UCD. She has a background in theatre producing and financial management and worked for nine years as the Executive Producer for award-winning Irish theatre company, The Corn Exchange.

Sarah was the General Manager of Dublin Theatre Festival and then Dublin Fringe Festival. As a consultant producer and strategic advisor, she has worked with ARCANE Collective Dance Company and Theatre Lovett on their international tours.

Sarah has served on the boards of Theatre Forum and GAZE Film Festival. She was a lead organiser in the #WakingTheFeminists campaign to achieve gender equality in Irish theatre by 2021, and most recently has convened a group of experts to put together Amplify Women’s toolkit on harassment. She was appointed to the Board of the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Originally from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Sarah lives Dublin city with her partner Yvonne.