Councillor Twomey with TD Pat Buckley and Louise Murphy.

A student accommodation manager is to stand for the Sinn Féin party in next year’s local elections.
Louise Murphy was selected to run for the party in the Cobh / Glanmire Municipal district at a convention in the Commodore Hotel Cobh last Friday 12 January.
The 32 year old, who has been a member of the party for the past two years says her top priority is to be a stronger voice for the electorate and fight to improve the areas roads, to encourage more young people to get involved in their community and the creation of more social housing for young people and those on low incomes.
The Cobh woman a first time candidate recognises that winning a seat as a first timer will take hard work.
“People are looking for change at the minute, I am hoping being a new face will work in my favour.”
“Cobh doesn’t necessarily have the strongest of voices. There has been a couple of incidents recently where a lot of constituents have been let down by the local representatives by not communicating with them.”
Ms Murphy said many people in Cobh felt let down by their local representatives over controversial plans to develop the town’s heart break pier.
Last July Cobh Municipality were asked to approve access to a new exhibition involving titanic pier from John F Kennedy Park, prior to the Titanic Experience submitting planning permission.
If planning is granted local Cllrs would then be asked to grant or refuse a lease of the land in question.
Ms Murphy added “We need someone who is a lot more active in the community and who is in touch with their constituents a lot more than the current representatives are”
“I have huge pride growing up in Cobh. I have nothing only happy memories. I’d like the younger generation like my son, to have the same pride in the town. That’s important to me.”
The Sinn Féin Party are to select their candidate to contest the 2019 elections in the East Cork Municipality, when they meet at My Place this coming Friday 19 January.