Shane Cassells is the Fianna Fáil TD for the Meath West constituency and is the party’s spokesperson for Local Government.
Shane is also a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The PAC is the foremost committee in the Oireachtas as its role is to be the watchdog over public spending.
A native of Navan Shane was a member of Navan Town Council for 15 years, being first elected at the young age of 21 and he was a member of Meath County Council for 12 years.
Shane is a qualified journalist holding a BA in Journalism and Media Communications.
Shane lives in Navan with his wife Fiona and three children.
In February 2016 Shane topped the poll for the Meath West constituency in the General Election receiving 10,585 first preference votes (27.4%) and was elected on the first count with a quota of 1.10.
Shane Cassells was a member of Meath County Council for 12 years. 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 was elected to Navan Town Council on three successive (1999, 2004 & 2009) and three times to Meath County Council (2004, 2009 & 2014). Shane served as whip of the Fianna Fáil 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.
Cassells was 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 – 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 in 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
- Re-elected to Meath County Council – May 2014
- Fianna Fáil Whip of Meath County Council – June 2014
- Elected Fianna Fáil TD for Meath West – February 2016
- Appointed Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Local Government – April 2016
- Appointed to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) – May 2016