Sinn Féin Gain
Third Seat on City Council
Sinn Féin recently
gained a third seat in Cork City Council with the co-option of Fiona
Kerins to fill the vacancy left by the death of Councillor Con
O’Connell. Fiona was co-opted as the candidate polling the next highest
vote in the 2004 election after the five elected councillors.
A native of Ballyphehane, Fiona, at 22, is the youngest member of Cork
City Council and has vowed to use her position to raise the concerns of
young people in the City.
On taking her seat she paid tribute to the late Councillor O’Connell.
“The death of Con O’Connell will be felt by many people throughout Cork
South Central, an area he served so well over many years. I wish to
extend my condolences to his family and many friends.
“For my part, I hope to continue in his tradition, to provide strong
representation for the people in the South City and to ensure they have
a voice from outside the political establishment.
“As a young woman, I believe that I can bring a new and vibrant
perspective to City Hall. In particular I will be campaigning and
lobbying for more investment in youth facilities in the South City and
increased financial support for local sports clubs and community
groups. For too long the needs of youth of been neglected in this City.
“With my fellow Sinn Féin Councillors I will also be striving to give a
voice to the marginalised and dispossessed in this society and
demanding transparency in the provision of social housing. In
particular I will be adding my voice to the call for more social and
affordable housing for young people and a proper, transparent points
allocation system so that people know exactly where they are on the
housing list and on what basis housing allocations are made."