Limerick politician steps down as party chairperson

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Limerick city general election candidate Sarah Jane Hennelly has confirmed that she will be stepping down as chairperson of the Social Democrats at the party’s national conference in Dublin this weekend.

Ms Hennelly who was recently elected to the board of governors at the University of Limerick position has held the position since last March.

“It’s been an honour to lead the membership of a party I believe will play a huge role in the future of Irish politics. There are some outstanding people running for the party Chair position this weekend, so I can now confidently re-focus my work on my community of Limerick City.” She concluded.

Ms Hennelly, who is the party’s candidate for Limerick City, added: “For a party with two TDs, we have left an indelible and positive mark on issues that affect the country and all people. At Dáil level, our efforts led to the setting up of the first cross-party committee on healthcare, chaired by our co-leader Róisín Shortall TD, which produced the transformative Sláinte care plan

“This year our co-leader Catherine Murphy TD has also played a pivotal role as a member of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment whose work has paved the way for a long-overdue referendum this year. And only this week, our Bill to strengthen renters’ rights has attracted the support of the main opposition parties.”

The Social Democrats’ second National Conference is to be held in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin this weekend it marks a year of significant growth and progress for the party. The event will see members and supporters from around the country gather on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January to discuss the party’s policies and priorities in areas including health, housing, Garda reform and repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

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