Sponsored: Election profile – Eleanor McSherry, Fine Gael

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1. Tell us about your background?

I HAVE lived most of my life in Limerick North, currently in Ashbrook, along with my family, extended family and friends in the vicinity. I was educated locally in Salesians’ schools and then Mary Immaculate College.

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I work part-time with University College Cork (Limerick Centre), also Limerick and Clare E.T.B. and Hibernia College Dublin.

I have spent the last 14 years as a political campaigner for the rights of special needs families, people with disabilities and the arts/cultural community. I co-founded the Special Needs Parents Association and the Limerick Arts and Culture Exchange (L.A.C.E.). I volunteer with Dóchas: Mid West Autism Support. My son has Autism.I’ve contributed to the National Suicide Strategy Reachout 2005–2014, Limerick’s Cultural Strategy 2016-2030 and its Tourism Strategy 2019-2023. I also work on a research team for the National Disability Authority with the University of Limerick.

 

2. What do you hope to achieve if elected?

I hope to:

•   facilitate the formulation of a suicide prevention strategy specifically for Limerick

•  give carers, people with disabilities and their families a voice at the council table

•   include all voices in the conversation about our in-effective transport infrastructure

•   get a better, more visual Garda presence on our streets

•   sort out the ‘dog dirt’ issue, which has become a scourge

•   encourage sustainable living

•   insist on more openness, transparency, and accountability in local government.

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

I HAVE a solid record in service to the public, nationally and locally. I am very experienced politically and I won’t give up until the job is done.

We deserve strong representation on the council and if you want real change, vote Eleanor McSherry No. 1 or your next highest preference. #Caring4Others1st