Labour confirms three candidates for the city council

Galway daily news Labour party confirms three candidates for city council
30/02/2019 Repro Free: Labour candidates for 2019 local elections, Liam Boyle, Niall McNelis and John McDonagh at City hall. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure

The Labour Party has confirmed three candidates who will be contesting seats on the city council in the upcoming local elections.

Current Mayor of Galway Niall McNelis will be defending his city council seat in the West Ward

Mayor McNelis said that May Day is important for the Labour movement “offering an opportunity to reflect on the long history of working people coming together to ensure a better, more equal, world for generations to come”.

John McDonagh is looking to succeed retiring councillor Billy Cameron in the Central Ward. He says that Galway is going through a period of intense growth, which brings “opportunities, but also challenges”.

“It is important that council takes an active role in planning for sustainable growth, ensuring the continued health of our communities.”

He added that he wants to use his experience working with community organisations to bridge the gap between them and the city council.

Liam Boyle, the Labour candidate for the East Ward, said the city needs quality, accessible facilities to make it a welcoming place.

“That starts with provision of social and affordable accommodation, and protections for the half of residents in my area who rent,” he added.

The three candidates nomination papers have been submitted at City Hall this morning, confirming that they will be on the ballot at the local elections taking place on May 24.