I’m Holly Cairns, Leader of the Social Democrats and a TD for Cork South-West.

I am very ambitious about growing the Social Democrats nationally. We want to change Ireland for the better, but we need your help to make it happen. 

Weekly Update

I used to wonder what public representatives actually did from one week to the next. That’s why I write a Weekly Update every week the Dáil is in session.


I’m a big fan of podcasts, and I’ve been lucky enough to appear on some of my favourites. You can listen back to them here.

Catch Up with Louise McSharry: Holly Cairns at the Sugar Club

Here’s my recent chat with Holly Cairns at my live show in the Sugar Club to keep you going until next week. Holly does a great job of demystifying politics and our political system, all while telling us about how she went from not being politically active to being the leader of a political party in just a few years.

In My Opinion

I occasionally write opinion pieces for newspapers and websites. You can read the most recent ones here.

The Journal

November 12, 2023

The SocDems leader says the moral authority of Western leaders is lying in tatters, but it’s not too late to take democratic steps for peace. Read more..

Irish Times

September 28, 2023

Every political party has known for years the derogation is incompatible with our climate targets. Despite this, zero planning has been done to prepare for its reduction. Read more…

The Journal

October 19, 2022

The Social Democrats TD says the government’s redress scheme fails to consider human rights violations perpetrated on thousands of women and children. Read more… 

Holy Cairns, Leader of the Social Democrats party photographed at her home place in West Cork. 
Photography by Emma Jervis

My Priorities

I first ran for election in 2019 because I believe we could, and should, be doing so many things so much better.

Disability rights is one of my main focuses in politics. Of all groups in our society, people with disabilities are some of the most at risk of poverty, social exclusion and unemployment. Read more…

Climate Action Yesterday

Genuine climate action and a fair transition are two of the reasons I entered politics. Read more…

Affordable Housing

I am part of the first generation in Ireland to be worse off than our parents. And so much of that comes down to the housing crisis that has gripped Ireland for over a decade now.  Read more…

Honest Politics

Not too long ago, I was completely disengaged from politics. Like so many of my friends and family I was forced to emigrate following the crash, and had very little faith in Irish political parties. Read more…


I was raised on a small farm with a small dairy herd in a rural area. But, decades of failed Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael agricultural policies have made that impossible now. Read more…

More Mná

I am currently the only female TD representing Cork City or County. There are six times more TDs named Michael representing the people of Cork than there are women. Read more…

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Get in touch

You can contact my office by email or phone and my team and I will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.


Dáil Éireann, Leinster
House, Kildare Street,
Dublin 2.

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