Limerick businessman to be a voice for ‘under-represented’ county communities in local elections

Bugscreen owner Richie Crehan will contest the local elections in Adare-Rathkeale.

BUSINESSMAN Richie Crehan of Fedamore has added his name to the growing list of aspiring local councillors in the upcoming 2024 local elections.

The 55-year-old owner of Bugscreen has declared he is running for the “under-represented, under-invested, and under the radar parishes of Fedamore, Ballyneety, Ballybricken, Crecora, Meanus, and Manister”.

Mr Crehan, who fails from a farming and medical background, says the areas he would see in his charge “stand forgotten about by all the major parties in the Adare-Rathkeale council area”, claiming that “the current lopsided nature of representation means that these parishes in the east of the constituency have been bereft of a voice for decades now”.

Mr Crehan will run as an Independent candidate in the Adare-Rathkeale municipal district, where he says “the need for investment, transport, and policing is critical in the lives of those who live in these areas that do not have a voice in the council and for whom nothing has changed under the current party-dominated regime”.

Hailing from a family of generations of volunteers in the fields of sport, rural affairs, and representation of those in need, Mr Crehan says he envisions “a vibrancy in these forgotten communities”.

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Among his core issues he hopes to bring to Limerick City and County Council, if elected, are the hosting of an “emergency meeting” of the council in the John Feely Community Centre in Fedamore to discuss greater representation and facilities in Fedamore and surrounding areas, rural infrastructure investment, and crime prevention focusing on rural farms and the protection of the elderly.

Mr Crehan is the son of Richard Crehan, former director of Limerick Greyhound Track and a grandson to Sean Clifford, volunteer of the Fedamore-Grange battalion and Mid West Limerick Flying Column in the War of Independence.