Fianna Fáil has added John Paul Reilly to the Local Election ticket in Cobh. He joins Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan in contesting the election in May.

Born and raised in Cobh, John Paul lives with his partner and three young children in the town. He runs a local guesthouse, works in construction and is a retained member of the Cork County Fire & Rescue Service.

John Paul is heavily involved in the local community, sitting on the board of Cobh Tourism and is a strong supporter of Cobh Youth Services and Cobh Tidy Towns.

“I am delighted to have been added to the Fianna Fáil ticket for the Cobh Electoral Area. I have always been passionate about my community and the opportunity to represent my local area is something that I have been interested in for some time”, said Reilly.

“Having lived in Cobh all of my life I am acutely aware of the issues affecting people living here, and as the father of three small children I feel that I am in tune with and can reflect the challenges facing families in the town and its surrounds. Issues like housing, childcare, education, care for the elderly and employment affect so many people in Cobh and I want to be able to work on concrete proposals and solutions to tackle the problems that are being experienced.

“I am proud of my record in the community – having been involved with so many local organisations. I want to use my experience in Cobh Tourism to build on the success which we have experienced over recent years. I believe we should embrace all of the opportunities which present themselves, while protecting and enhancing the existing attractions we have. We are lucky to have one of Europe’s finest emerging tourist attractions – Spike Island in Cobh and I would like to see it developed further.

“I am so proud of my Cobh heritage and I am looking forward to working with the Fianna Fáil team in Cobh and across Cork to bring about improvements for the town. I want to see more housing, better roads on and off the Great Island, and improved water quality and supply on the island, as well as securing the future of our clubs, societies, festivals, events to ensure that our town prospers”, concluded Reilly.