Sponsored: Election profile – Leo Walsh, Fine Gael

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1.Tell us about your background?

I’M a self-employed farmer living with my family in Ballyneety. I previously served as a councillor from 2007 to 2014 representing constituents in the Adare electoral area before boundaries changed. I have lived and worked in Limerick all my life and I’ve dedicated much of my time to many local organisations on a voluntary basis, always prioritising the best interests of the local community. I want to help shape rural Ireland of the future as I believe Limerick has a significant part to play in its success.

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2.What do you hope to achieve if elected?

PROMOTING animal welfare is a huge priority for me. I want to work closely with the Veterinary Services Department in Limerick City & County Council to help promote animal welfare education across the city and county. As a part-time farmer, I’m passionate about ensuring that farming remains a viable career for future generations. I hope to work closely with Limerick County Council to ensure this is a priority locally, especially as we have one of the largest agricultural colleges in the country on our doorstep. Limerick is a city that’s thriving. However, sometimes rural communities can be overlooked. I want to work with the people in my electoral area to ensure that they have a voice and benefit from Limerick’s growing success.

3.The best reason for someone to give you their vote?

I HAVE a proven track record having previously served as a councillor from 2007 to 2014. During this time, I dedicated myself to my constituents and I intend to do the same should I be successful in the upcoming elections. Having spent the past few months meeting with the people in my area, I’m very aware of the issues and challenges that people face. I believe I have the experience, knowledge and personal drive to overcome these challenges and solve these issues on their behalf. I just need people to support me on May 24.