Claregalway resident Clement Shevlin is to run for the Labour Party in the Oranmore-Athenry Ward in the upcoming local elections.
Mr Shevlin works as a marketing manager at the Arches Hotel in Claregalway and has lived in Claregalway since 2003, when he and his wife Jean returned from Boston.
Mr Shevlin has worked with the local residents’ association, Claregalway Community Development Association, local drama group Compantis Lir, and the Parents’ Association at Claregalway primary school.
“As a community volunteer in Claregalway, I have seen the positive impact that local groups can achieve when they work together for the greater good of their community,” said Mr Shevlin.
“Towns like Oranmore, Claregalway and Athenry exploded during the boom with a huge increase in the number of houses built in these areas. Unfortunately, many of these developments were not provided with the necessary sporting, recreational and educational facilities and we are still playing catch-up.
“As a father of three young children, I have seen the impact that the shortage in playing pitches, cycle paths and insufficient pedestrian crossings is having for parents and children alike in the area. This will be my priority as a Councillor and I look forward to speaking to as many local residents as possible in the coming weeks to get a further idea of their views on these issues.”
Mr Shevlin will be joined on the Oranmore-Athenry Labour ticket by Athenry native Margaret Dean, who currently works as a Secretarial Assistant for Labour Party Senator and MEP candidate for Midlands North-West Lorraine Higgins.