Cllr James O’Connor to Contest General Election in Cork East for Fianna Fáil

By Seamus Whelehan


Cllr James O'Connor has been added to the Fianna Fáil Party ticket to contest the next General Election for Cork East.

The 22 year old from Killeagh was first elected onto the East Cork Municipal District in May, gaining his seat on the sixth count with 1947 votes, after Sinn Fein’s Shane Neville was eliminated.

Cllr O’Connor replaces Cobh Municipality Chairman, Cllr Padraig O’Sullivan, who was chosen as a running mate for sitting TD Kevin O’Keeffe.

Cllr O’Sullivan is at present contesting the By-election in Cork North Central for the seat vacated by Deputy Billy Kelleher, who was successfully elected as an MEP for Ireland South.

Cllr O'Connor said it was "a dream come true" to receive the nomination to represent the people of Cork East and the Fianna Fáil Party.

Mr O’Connor, a student of Business, Economics and Social Studies, said “there is a lot of work to be done in the District, especially in bringing employment to economic black spots.”

He said if elected he will work on policies that will support small businesses and increase job opportunities for Youghal.

Better access to public transport across Cork County is another key priority for the Trinity College student.

The Cork East General Election candidate has also pledged to make mental health and wellness part of his political agenda, as they are not being properly addressed at Government level.