A LIMERICK man with politics of many shades in his blood has declared his candidacy for next May’s local elections.
Brian Leddin is to stand in the Limerick North Ward for the Green Party. The 38-year-old engineer is a Limerick native living on Clancy Strand in the heart of the city.
Both his parents have been holders of the highest office in the city, wearing the Mayoral chain.
And he already has a handle on the workings of the local authority as a serving member of the council’s Travel and Transport committee.
He will also be a familiar local face through his many years of working with St Michael’s rowing club, first as a rower and in recent years as a coach.
Brian has been involved with a number of local organisations committed to building a better Limerick.
Along with Ailish Drake and John Moran, he founded the Liveable Limerick initiative and helped revive the local branch of An Taisce before going on to establish the Limerick Cycling Campaign.
He is one of the founders of Limerick Riverpath Volunteers and has led regular clean-ups of the scenic waterways, in the process collaborating with UL, Limerick Civic Trust, Limerick Tidy Towns, Birdwatch Ireland and others.
Brian’s family are rooted in Limerick politics. His mother Kathleen served as an independent member of the council from 1999 to 2014 including a period as Mayor. His late father Tim Leddin served as a Fine Gael Councillor and also as Mayor.
Brian says he is “I am proud to come from Limerick. There is nowhere else I’d rather live. I am also very excited about our city’s future, and I believe it has great untapped potential. In order to create a strong counterbalance to Dublin, we need to get things like economic planning right. It’s not going to happen unless we do.
“A great city is a great community. It looks after its young and its old, and is mindful about its long term future. If I am chosen to represent the North Ward I will devote my time and energy to improving Limerick City and to helping the community in whatever way I can, just as I have done for the last number of years, with energy and enthusiasm.”