Liadh Ni Riada Biography
Birthday: November 24, 1966 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Dublin
Liadh Ni Riada is an Irish politician, an entrepreneur, a community activist, a filmmaker and a native Irish speaker who is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Ireland. A republican, she has been announced as the candidate for the 2018 Irish presidential election by her party, Sinn Féin, which is part of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) political group in the European Parliament. After her candidacy was announced, she vowed to be a “new President for a new Ireland” and told Irish Times that she envisions a “pluralist and inclusive” Ireland “that respects the identities and traditions of all”. Before joining politics, she worked as a television producer and director, and served on the board tasked with setting up TG4. She quickly rose up the ranks of Sinn Féin despite being a novice politician because she supported the party’s major causes and didn’t have to carry the burden of the party’s troubled era. As a native Irish speaker who had learned English only after she went to school, Ni Riada often campaigns for restoring Irish as the country’s primary language.