ABOUT Brian Leeson
Brian Leeson is a 44-year-old political and community activist. He grew up in the Meadowbrook Estate and attended Scoil Naithi, St Attractas and St Benildus schools. He now lives in Broadford in Ballinteer with his partner and two young children.
Over the last thirteen years Brian has built up a small business delivering dairy and other food products, providing employment for himself and two others. All of his community and political activism is done voluntarily and at his own expense.
In May 2019 he will run for election to public office for the first time in the Dundrum Local Electoral Area. You can read more about Brian’s thirty years of political activism below.
Brian became politically active at the age of fifteen in 1989, when he started selling the An Phoblacht newspaper in front of the historic GPO. Some of the first issues he supported included the Irish anti-apartheid movement and the campaigns to release the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four.
In 1991, as a member of the ‘Reclaim The Spirit of 1916’ committee, he helped organise a massive people’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in Dublin City Centre.
In 2006 Brian joined with other political and community activists to establish 'Éirígí For A New Republic’ - a political party that believes a new peaceful, mass movement is needed to establish an all-Ireland Republic based on the core republican values of liberty, equality, community, justice and democracy. Such a movement would include political parties, trade unions, women’s organisations, campaign groups and cultural organisations.
Brian is the national Chairperson and Dublin South representative of ‘Éirígí for a New Republic’.
Since the last local elections in 2014 Brian has worked continuously on a range of important issues and campaigns in Dundrum, Ballinteer, Sandyford, Windy Arbour, Nutgrove and the surrounding areas, including:
In 2014 / 2015 he was the fore of the campaign to defeat the unjust Water Tax and the privatisation of our water resources. Brian had previously been heavily involved in the campaign to prevent Shell taking control of the Corrib Gas Field in 2005-2008.
In 2016, as Chairperson of the Dublin South 1916 Centenary Committee, Brian helped organise a series of public meetings and commemorative events to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in the local area.
In 2018 Brian was the constituency agent for Together For Yes in Rathdown. He coordinated a massive campaign of canvassing and leafleting which helped to secure a YES vote of 76% across the Rathdown constituency. Brian has proven his commitment to the fight for women’s rights on this and many other occasions.
From 2016 to the present he has been extremely active on the issue of housing, helping to establish both Dundrum Housing Action and the Dundrum Housing Cooperative. This work has also involved him working with a large number of individuals and families that are directly affected by the housing crisis.
From 2014 to the present Brian has campaigned for the establishment of additional non-religious Gaelscoileanna at both primary and secondary level in the greater Dundrum area. He has also highlighted and challenged the failure of the Department of Education to build permanent school buildings in the correct locations.