Local businessman Seamus Sheridan has been selected to run for the Green Party in the next General Election in the Galway West – South Mayo constituency.
Sheridan lost out on a Galway City Council seat in May 2014 by just 35 votes, coming close to taking Fine Gael Cllr Padraig Conneely’s central ward seat his first time running for election.
Announcing his Di¡il bid, The Green Party said that Sheridan â€œsurprised manyâ€ by narrowly missing out in the local elections. â€œShould he mirror his 9% first preference vote across the constituency he will be a genuine contender for one of the five seats in the forthcoming general election,â€ according to the party. â€œThe Green Party believe Sheridan will prove to be an excellent representative for Galway city, county and South Mayo. Seamus Sheridan’s long association with business, enterprise and agriculture together with his exceptional track record promoting social justice, the environment, arts and local communities give him a unique experience that is greatly needed in the current political landscape,â€ said the party in a statement. Sheridan, along with his brother Kevin, started their cheese business on a stall in the Galway Market in 1995. The company now employs over fifty people across the country, both in retailing and manufacturing. Since the early 1990s, Seamus has been working with communities and children particularly in the areas of nutrition and obesity. He served as a board member on the North/South Ministerial body ‘Safefood’ and has served as Green Party’s spokesperson for agriculture, food and the marine since 2012. According to the Green Party statement, Sheridan is â€œvery aware of the current trend for politicians to claim to be advocates for small and medium enterprises and sustainability, with little or no experience in these areasâ€. â€œSeamus has a proven record in job creation and being a strong advocate for farming and business at local, national and international levels,â€ said the party. â€œGalway needs serious investment in its infrastructure, especially in the areas of transport and communications. Seamus is concerned that Galway will learn little from the mistakes of the past two decades and continue down the road of badly built and designed development. He believes areas such as the Galway Docks and its surrounds should be earmarked for proper modern family housing rather than developer-led commercial development. His four year campaign for an indoor civic food market has not been taken up by other elected representatives.â€ Outlining his vision, Sheridan said, â€œWith proper planning and foresight, we have the opportunity to make Galway a truly 21st century city. If Galway is to grow its own local economy and attract further outside investment it will be because of our investment in housing, education, public transport and civic amenities. If our city and the west of Ireland are to continue as world leaders in tourism it will be because of our care for the environment, coasts and rural and farming communities.”