Fine Gael has selected 21-year-old Luke Corkery to contest next year’s seven seater for the Swords LEA, writes Rose Barrett.
The area includes the town of Swords as well as parts of Santry, Kilsallaghan and Dublin Airport; to date, there has been no FG candidate elected to Fingal to the local electoral area.
The party’s selection convention was held in Applewood Community Centre on Tuesday last week, and attended by Ministers Simon Harris and Jennifer Carroll-MacNeill, as well as local representatives Alan Farrell TD, Senator Regina Doherty, Cllrs Tom O’Leary and Anthony Lavin.
Despite his relatively young age, DCU graduate Corkery says he has experience in politics, having worked in Leinster House and participating in local campaigns and student activism since his school days.
Corkery said: “I’ve never been more optimistic for my hometown and its future. I’m a commuter, dependent on unreliable bus services to get me to and from work each day amid traffic chaos. I understand the frustrations of so many others like me. We need to fast-track frequent, reliable public transport that people can depend on.
“I’m a young person for whom the prospect of renting, yet alone buying a home locally, seems practically out of reach. We need more homes here in Swords, particularly the large-scale development of affordable housing like we have seen elsewhere in Fingal. It’s an absolute priority for me.
“Anti-social behaviour, from break-ins to vandalism, has become all too common, and people want to see more Garda patrols out on the beat in their communities. We can building stronger, safer communities through investment in local infrastructure and a focus on community, neighbourhood policing.”
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