North Cork Councillor John Paul O’Shea has been selected to contest the next Local Election for Fine Gael in the newly-established Kanturk/
Speaking at the well-attended selection convention which took place in the Charleville Park Hotel on Sunday, 24 February, Cllr. O’Shea said he was looking forward to the challenge of winning a seat for Fine Gael in the Local Election on 24 May.
“My decision to enter the politic stage and put myself forward for election in 2009 was because I wanted to, and believed I could, make a positive contribution to my area. I wanted to ensure that the people of North Cork were heard, both within Cork County Council and nationally. I wanted to improve services and infrastructure, promote investment and development, and maximise opportunities for the North Cork area.
“I am confident that I have done my best to represent North Cork over the past 10 years, and it is for this reason that I have put my name forward to continue representing this area as an elected public representative.”
He added: “The Fine Gael party’s ambition for Ireland is to build a Republic of Opportunity — supporting you and your family, strengthening your community and building a sustainable future for everyone. The party is focused on protecting our economy and making people’s lives better, particularly hard-pressed working families. I have been privileged to play my role in the Fine Gael story over the past 12 months, and I look forward to having the opportunity to continue this role in the years ahead.
“My election in 2009 to Cork County Council came at a time when the country was facing into a crippling economic recession, when unemployment was skyrocketing
“Despite this difficult starting point, a lot of good work has been achieved in our local area in the past 10 years. I have a strong track record in getting involved in issues of importance for the people in my area and for representing the party views and policies on a regular basis,” Cllr. O’Shea said.
Cllr. O’Shea was first elected to Cork County Council in 2009, with a 12.51% share of the first preference vote, and retained his seat in 2014, topping the poll with 20.53%. He served as the Mayor of Cork County in 2015/16 and has been a member of Fine Gael since February 2018. In June 2018 Cllr. O’Shea was selected to contest the next General Election for Fine Gael in the constituency of Cork North West.