Limerick Sinn Féin selects new city councillor

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan with Tom Collopy, Cllr Sharon Benson and Deputy Maurice Quinlivan after the selection convention.

SINN Féin have announced the co-option of Tom Collopy of Assumpta Park, Island Road to fill the Council seat for Limerick City North vacated by John Costelloe.

Chairperson of Sinn Féin Limerick City, Joseph Kearney said that Collopy was unanimously selected by the members of the Clancy/O’Callaghan Cumann to fill the seat.

“A Limerick man born and bred, Tom hails from the King’s Island area of the constituency, right in the heart of the Limerick City North. The people of Limerick City North entrusted their votes in two Sinn Féin candidates during the 2019 Local Elections, and it was imperative that we as a party ensured the continued representation of the people of that area,” Mr Kearney told the Limerick Post.

“Tom is an integral part of the local party and has held several roles within the local party structures. He also ran for the party in the local election in 2009, so he is no stranger to local politics.”

Cllr Collopy said he was extremely humbled by the trust and support that local party members have given him to fill this very important seat on Limerick City and County Council.

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“I have big shoes to fill but alongside the support and guidance of our Party Leader, Sharon Benson, I have no doubt I’ll fit right in,” he commented.

“Over the last number of years our party through our team of councillors and our TD Maurice Quinlivan have ensured the people of King’s Island and Thomondgate got the representation that they deserve, and I will work hard to ensure that work continues.”

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan said he was delighted to see Tom Collopy accept the nomination to the role over the last number of days.

“I have known Tom for a long time now and I have no doubt in his ability to carry out the role of Councillor for Limerick City North. I look forward to working closely with Tom and the rest of our Council team to ensure the people of Limerick are represented both locally and nationally on the issues that concern them most,” Deputy Quinlivan added.