A candidate for Dun Laoghaire in next month’s Irish local elections, Ossian Smyth, has become the first politician on the island of Ireland to accept bitcoin donations. He said the cryptocurrency has the potential to bring more transparency to politics in Ireland.
Smyth, who is running for the Green Party, is an IT consultant who has worked with Microsoft and Citibank, and now works at St Vincent’s Hospital. He also mentors the local CoderDojo in Dun Laoghaire.
He is also the Green Party’s internet spokesman and representative for communications, energy and natural resources.
Smyth told Siliconrepublic.com that while bitcoin has been associated in the press with corruption and money laundering, he believes the transparency of bitcoin should also be appealing in terms of bringing transparency to politics… CONTINUE