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Meet the candidates: Leo Walsh, Fine Gael, Adare-Rathkeale

Meet the candidates: Leo Walsh, Fine Gael, Adare-Rathkeale

Leo Walsh

Address

Ballyneety

Occupation

Self-employed/farmer

Why have you decided to run in the Local Elections?

I made a conscious decision to run in the Adare/ Rathkeale area as I’m passionate about keeping rural communities alive. I’ve lived and worked in Limerick all my life and I’ve dedicated much of my time to many local organisations on a voluntary basis, always prioritising the best interests of the local community. I want to help shape rural Ireland of the future as I believe Limerick has a significant part to play in it’s success.

Why should people vote for you?

I have a proven track record having previously served as a councilor from 2007 to 2014.

During this time, I dedicated myself to my constituents and I intend to do the same should I be successful in the upcoming elections. Having spent the past few months meeting with the people in my area, I’m very aware of the issues and challenges people face. I believe I have the experience, knowledge and personal drive to overcome these challenges and solve these issues on their behalf. I just need people to support me on May 24 .

What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?

Limerick is a city that’s thriving. However, sometimes rural communities can be overlooked. I want to work with the people in my electoral area to ensure that they have a voice and benefit from Limerick’s growing success.

Although I have my own views on what is lacking in my area, the most important thing for me is to prioritise what my constituents feel is lacking.

Having met with many people over the past four months, the issue of infrastructure and rural transport has been raised again and again. Rural Limerick towns and villages need more financial support to ensure future sustainability and I plan to ensure this is a priority locally should I get elected. As a part-time farmer, I’m passionate about ensuring that farming remains a viable career for future generations.

I hope to work closely with Limerick County Council to ensure this is a priority locally, especially as we have one of the largest agricultural colleges in the country on our doorstep (Pallaskenry Agricultural College).

I also believe more can be done locally to bring tourists to the towns and villages outside the city. Events such as The Limerick Show has contributed greatly to local tourism and agriculture in Adare and the surrounding areas.

As President of the Limerick Show Society, I believe more local initiatives like this can go towards providing a brighter future for rural Limerick.

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