INDEPENDENT TD and business writer Shane Ross has lent his support to Pallaskenry man Emmett O’Brien’s local election campaign.
Deputy Ross who has published charges of wide scale fraud and mismanagement against some of the country’s best known state and semi-sate companies, believes the 35-year-old barrister and farmer will bring commitment and transparency to the Limerick council chamber.
“With Emmett you are sure to get honesty, determination and commitment. He genuinely cares for people and gets things done in the community,” said Deputy Ross.
When Mr Ross announced his candidacy for the 2011 General Election, he refused to run for Fine Gael.
At the time he predicted, “I think you’re going to see in this election a huge number of similar independents who want to put an end to cronyism; who want to see a change in the political system; who want to put an end to Civil War politics in Ireland; who want to see an end to the kind of tribal politics we’ve got, who are going to stand in the election as well”.
Emmett O’Brien, has echoed these sentiments when referring to his own experience on the election canvass trail.
“Through engaging with people on the doorsteps and hearing what they have to say through social media, it is becoming very clear to me that people want a council made up of independent councillors who are answerable to the people and not some political party head office in Dublin,” said Mr O’Brien.