From The East Cork Journal.
Sinn Féin Cllr Danielle Twomey will have a running mate in the Local Elections this May. The Party picked Shane Neville, Law Graduate and former Corporal in the US Marine Corp, as Cllr Twomey’s running mate to represent the East Cork Municipality on Cork County Council.
Neville, a local activist based in Youghal is, like Cllr Twomey, a first time candidate to contest the Local Elections for the Sinn Fein party. Despite being already on Cork County Council, Cllr Twomey was co-opted in 2016 to replace her Sinn Féin colleague, Pat Buckley, who was elected TD for Cork East.
Mr Neville was selected unopposed at a Convention held in Cumann na Daoine, Youghal on Monday 28 January, Chaired by Lillian Meade with Rúnaí Joan McDermott. Despite being new to the East Cork political scene Shane says the election will be challenging but he’s up for the fight. “Historically, Sinn Féin have had a Councillor in Youghal. There are votes there, and it’s just about getting them back. It’s going to be a fight but definitely doable.”
Across the County the Republican Party is fielding five candidates in the forthcoming election, some for the first time. The stepfather of two girls, Toni and Stephanie, said “from knocking on doors over the past six months, it is obvious that there is enough animosity towards the ruling party in Government to get all 5 Sinn Fein candidates elected to Cork County Council.
“Fine Gael have been around for a long time now. People are sick of them and they want change”
“If we can all get elected we should have a good bite, a good crew to get things done.”
Social Housing, pothole and footpath repairs will be among Mr Neville’s top priorities if elected.
In Cobh, Louise Murphy will be seeking her first seat for Sinn Fein. In Fermoy first timer, Helen White will contest the election. Danielle Twomey will run in Midleton/Youghal, and Cllr Melissa Mullane will seek her re-election in Mallow. Nationally the Party has over 400 candidates selected to contest the Local Elections, and will ratify all election hopefuls at a Convention to be held in Dublin on Saturday (9 February).