New Fine Gael faces for City North

Fine Gael Cllr Olivia O'Sullivan with new election candidates Mark Spain and Richard Delaney. Photo: Brendan Gleeson.

FINE Gael selected its three local election candidates for Limerick City North at its convention in the Strand Hotel recently.

Joining Cllr Olivia O’Sullivan, former Cathaoirleach of the Metropolitan District, on the ticket for City North are Richard Delaney and Mark Spain.

Richard, a resident of Limerick’s Northside, has taught driving (Parkside School of Motoring) for over 30 years and has also operated a bus service during this time.

Having returned to education as a mature student in Mary Immaculate College, Delaney graduated in 2015 as an adult and further education teacher. Since 2016, he has also worked as a part-time tutor in adult literacy.

Richard has been active in the Limerick City constituency for Fine Gael and has vowed to continue to be involved in the community if he is elected to serve the Limerick City North area.

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He told the Limerick Post that he is determined to see sustainable housing built, matched with the need for leisure facilities, particularly a swimming pool on the Northside. He is also very passionate about improving the traffic management systems currently in place in the area.

As a new candidate from Corbally, 55-year-old Mark Spain, brother of comedian Karl Spain, is preparing his first campaign.

Having a diploma in Drug and Alcohol studies from the University of Limerick, Mark now works as a night care worker in Thomond House, an emergency homeless hostel.

Mark has had an interesting and varied career,  originally qualifying as an accounting technician and working for 19 years for Boart Longyear in both sales and finance roles

He was also self employed for nine years selling rock drilling consumables.

Having been part of a team of people who set up Limerick City Community Radio in 2013, Mark has continued involvement with the station.