THE son of the late Dooradoyle councillor Richard Butler is hoping to follow in his father’s political footsteps, after being added to Fine Gael’s ticket for City West.
Drug education and support worker Daniel Butler, of Raheen, is to run in City West, an area covering his father’s former stomping ground.
Richard tragically passed away in December last, after losing his battle with cancer.
But Daniel says he is hoping to carry on his father’s “legacy” in local politics, and will run for Fine Gael on May 23.
“It was not an easy decision to become a candidate, but one I wanted and I feel my father would have wanted in order to continue to work for our community,” Mr Butler said.
At present, he works for the Limerick City Community Development Project as part of the Drug Education and Prevention Strategy team.
This role looks at the issue of drug use and abuse.
Alongside this, he has sat on various committees, including the Mid-West Regional Drugs Task Force, the Northside Children and Youth Partnership, Aljeff, and the Local Education Committee.
In a letter to residents, he promises “a new generation of politics”.
He added: “I have been a member of Fine Gael from a young age, and worked side by side with my late father, Cllr Richard Butler and our Finance Minister Michael Noonan over a period spanning 20 years. Community is my passion, and of course the people and families within it, and I have chosen a career path that backs it up.”
Despite this, Daniel Butler is hoping people will elect him for more than his family connection.
“It has always been my ambition [to be in politics]. It is something we spoke about before. I always had a passion for politics, and local issues. I want to carry on the great legacy my father left,” he added.
Educated at St Paul’s National School, and a former Garryowen rugby player, Mr Butler joins sitting councillors Maria Byrne, Jim Long, as well as Frank Mulqueen, Felim Cronin and Fergus Kilcoyne on Fine Gael’s City West ticket.