Shane Cassells is a young dynamic representative who has represented Meath at local authority level for 12 years and is seeking to make the case for the county in the national parliament.
A native of Navan he is currently vice-chairman of Meath County Council and is a qualified journalist holding a BA in Journalism and Media Communications.
His key message for this election is the need to ‘restore confidence’ in the economy and the country.
Shane pledges to bring an articulate and energetic approach to tacking these national challenges and delivering real results for Meath West.
Constituency Office: Newman’s Mill, Athboy, Co. Meath.
Tel: 046 948 7599
Leinster House Office: 01 618 3283
Cllr. Shane Cassells is a member of Meath County Council. He has served as Mayor of Navan on two occasions and has been a member of the local authority since 1999. He joined Fianna Fáil in 1996.
He has been elected to Navan Town Council on three successive occasions since 1999 and twice to Meath County Council since 2004. He is currently whip of the Fianna Fail party on both Meath County Council and Navan Town Council.
In March 2005 he contested the Meath by-election and although polling 16,117 first preference votes (32.4%) was narrowly defeated by the FG candidate Shane McEntee.
In June 2009 Cassells was re-elected to both Meath County Council and Navan Town Council – increasing his vote in both elections since 2004.
His current political objectives include the development of the new 68 acre Park in Navan, the fast tracking of the Navan-Dublin rail line and aiding economic promotion of Navan as a base for investment.
Cllr. Shane Cassells is a Director of Navan Enterprise Board, Navan Civic Trust and Navan Leisure Centre and Youth Officer for Fianna Fáil in Meath.
Won seat on Navan UDC June 1999 – aged 21
Elected Vice-Chairman of Navan UDC July 2000 – aged 22
Elected Mayor of Navan July 2002 – aged 24 (youngest ever to hold office)
Re-elected Navan Town Council and elected to Meath County Council (first attempt) June 2004
Elected Deputy Mayor of Navan July 2004
Fianna Fáil candidate in Meath By-election March 2005. Polled 16,117 first preference votes
Elected Mayor of Navan for second time in June 2005
Opens new €13m Solstice Theatre and Arts Centre in Navan April 2006
Elected Chairperson of Infrastructure SPC on Meath County Council
FF candidate in Senate Elections July 2007. Defeated for seat on Labour Panel on last count by 0.8 of a vote
Re-elected Navan Town Council and Meath County Council June 2009
Elected Leas-Cathaoirleach Meath County Council July 2010