TWENTY-year-old Patrickswell native Dan McSweeney is to run as a local election candidate for Fine Gael in Limerick City West on May 24.
The second youngest Fine Gael candidate in the country, he is studying Law and Taxation at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).
He is heavily involved in the local community and with Patrickswell Community Council, where he is treasurer and has helped raise €25,000 for local community initiatives.
Dan was elected to chairman of Limerick Comhairle na nÓg in 2013-2014 where he represented the youth of Limerick at local and national level. He has also serviced on Limerick County Fine Gael Executive Committee for the last number of years.
“I believe I can win a seat in the upcoming election,” he told the Limerick Post this week.
“This is my first time contesting the local elections, but I know that both youth and experience are required to represent all our constituents in Limerick City West.
“If elected I will be a fresh and youthful voice,” he said.
The main issues he hopes to address include providing additional community and recreational facilities to local community groups, promoting positive mental health, addressing local environmental issues and improving connectivity with Limerick City centre.