The Mayo branch of Sinn Féin has selected their first two candidates for the 2024 Local Elections.
Yesterday evening, Rosaleen Lally was selected to stand in Belmullet LEA, while Karen Gallagher has been chosen for Westport LEA.
Belmullet native Rosaleen Lally is current National Access Programme Manager with the Irish Wheelchair Association.
She is also chair of the board of Erris Family and Community Support Service and is involved with Erris United F.C.
Rosaleen is describes as someone who is clear about the support needed for families dealing with the cost of living crisis, housing problems and local infrastructure, as well as particular issues faced by those living and working in the Erris region.
She is particularly passionate about the future of Belmullet Community Hospital, saying that with the current crisis at Mayo University Hospital, the obvious solution would be to open up bed capacity in the community hospitals around the county to provide step down facilities for patients.
Meanwhile, Karen Gallagher comes from Moorehall and has lived in Westport for the past 21 years.
She works full time with the Abbvie Pharmaceutical Company, is an avid GAA supporter and is involved with Westport Camogie and Westport LGFA.
Karen has been county board secretary for three years now, and as a lifelong republican is delighted with the recent local election results in the six counties.
She says she is dedicated to establishing a United Ireland, and locally she ensures to lobby for better, more affordable housing, and to enable those families affected by pyrite to live without the added fear of the cost of rebuilding their homes.
Deputy Rose Conway Walsh has expressed her delight in Rosaleen and Karen’s decisions to run for Sinn Féin, and says that their years of experience and involvement in their respective communities will be of great benefit to their campaign.