Limerick councillor latest to join new Independent Ireland party

Councillor John O'Donoghue has joined the new Independent Ireland Party.

NEW political party Independent Ireland has announced Cllr John O’Donoghue as the latest member to join its ranks.

The Adare-Rathkeale representative is a brother of Limerick TD Richard O’Donoghue, who formed the Independent Party last November with Cork TD Michael Collins.

Married with three children, John was co-opted to Limerick City and County Council in 2020 after his brother’s election to the Dáil.

A farmer and agri-contractor, Cllr O’Donoghue says he has been an advocate for the farming community having spent all of his life working in the farming sector.

A statement from Cllr O’Donoghue said that he is a strong advocate for “common sense” on farming and rural issues, policing, and community engagement. He is also a keen GAA fan, having played hurling and football in his younger days before coaching at underage level in his local area.

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“I am honoured to join Independent Ireland and stand alongside such a strong group of candidates who share my dedication to serving the best interests of our communities,” Cllr O’Donoghue said.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that we prioritise the needs of the people, put the people of our local communities first and work collaboratively to build a brighter future for all.”

John’s brother Richard O’Donoghue, General Secretary of Independent Ireland, expressed words of welcome, saying that”residents of Adare, Rathkeale, and throughout the constituency can rest assured that they have a dedicated councillor who will continue to work tirelessly to address their concerns and deliver results for our local area”.

“John has done fantastic work since he took over from me on the council in 2020 and I have no doubt he will continue to deliver for the people of Limerick. I am very hopeful the people will put their trust in him to represent them in the upcoming local elections.”