A STUDENT who looks set to be the youngest candidate to be elected on Limerick’s new local authority says she is “overwhelmed” by the support she has received.
Sinn Fein’s Lisa Marie Sheehy, 20, says she received “a fantastic response at the doors” and is “just delighted that it has translated into votes”.
“I’m a new candidate. People wanted something different. People are fed up - they feel like they are being targeted by the Government. It shows that they really want change. Today it seems like they have made the change,” said the Glenroe woman who studies Government in UCC.
While she said other people are surprised by her performance - which, according to tallies shows she will take the third seat in the Cappamore- Kilmallock area - Ms Sheehy says her team are not surprised.
“ It’s just phenomenal,” she said of the vote in her favour.
“I got support from all over. The time-frame was very short but everybody pulled together.We had three weeks but we spread wide and we tried to cover each area as best we could.”
The student who is accompanied at the count centre in the UL arena by her campaign team and family members said she made a decision to “just go for it and it has absolutely paid off”.
Hailing from a non-political family, she says she chose Sinn Fein because “it was the party on campus in college that I found was most active and most stood for equality which is what I strive for, and we want to protect the people that are getting hit time and time again.”
“I’m a voice for younger people because we didn’t really have that representation and I’m a voice for women. Most importantly, I want to be the voice for the Cappamore-Kilmallock area.”
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