Former Limerick councillor takes up national Soc Dems role in political comeback

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Fintan Walsh

Kieran Walsh, 35, making a political return after being elected to the national executive council of the Social Democrats

Kieran Walsh, 35, making a political return after being elected to the national executive council of the Social Democrats

A FORMER Limerick city councillor, who resigned from the Labour Party more than 10 years ago, has officially returned to politics after being elected to the Social Democrats’ national executive council.

Corbally native Kieran Walsh served in Limerick City Council following the 2004 election, but resigned from the Labour Party following an internal rift in 2007.

Mr Walsh was elected to the Social Democrats’ national executive council during the party’s second annual national conference in Dun Laoghaire over the weekend.

He was selected on the eighth count of the election following a vote of more than 180 delegates.

The 35-year-old returned to Limerick last year after spending a number of years in the United Kingdom, and later made a political comeback when he joined the Social Democrats.

“I returned from Wales last year, and was very attracted by the ideals and approach that this new party was taking. Ireland is crying out for radical, evidence based left wing politics. I am delighted to have been elected to its governing body — my experience of local politics certainly helped,” he told the Limerick Leader.

He said that he felt the party, which marks its third year in July, was the “party of the future” following a weekend of discussions on Universal Basic Income, rent control and the Repeal campaign.

“We have our sights set on winning eight to 10 Dail seats, including here in Limerick. I am more than convinced that Sarah Jane Hennelly can win a seat here, Limerick has its fair share of stale politicians and we intend to remove them.”

Sarah Jane Hennelly, who gave her final address as chairperson of the party at the conference last Friday, outlined her hopes for the Limerick branch. 

“I’m really looking forward to handing over to Kieran and the new team. Kieran is a huge asset to have in our party and I know he will he make a valuable contribution to national politics. I want to be able to spend more time in Limerick, knocking on doors, explaining our policies to the public,” she said.