See Her Elected to host a ‘How to Run for Election’ event in January and February

Mairead O’Shea, Communications Manager with See Her Elected, will be one of the guest speakers at ‘How to Run for Election: Your Campaign Toolkit, in a Day’ event taking place in Longford in January and February.

Can you see yourself as a candidate in the 2024 local elections, but don’t know where to start? If you have made up your mind to run for election and want to have a practical toolkit covering everything you need to have a strategy/plan, then sign up for a free in-person event from See Her Elected in January and February 2024.

Since 1925 there have only ever been 11 women elected to Roscommon County Council. There are currently four women out of 18 county councillors, but sitting councillors Orla Leyden and Kathleen Shanagher recently announced that they are not seeking re-election in 2024.

See Her Elected has called on women all over County Roscommon from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect the communities they serve to put themselves forward for the next Local Elections in June 2024.

‘How to Run for Election: Your Campaign Toolkit, in a Day’ will take place on Saturday, January 20th and will be repeated on Saturday, February 24th in Longford Women’s Link from 11.15 am to 3 pm. Free childcare and free transport from Longford Train/Bus station is being provided as part of See Her Elected’s commitment to removing barriers to women participating in politics. Please get in touch to register your interest. Refreshments/lunch will also be provided on the day. Saturday, January 20th is now fully booked and a cancellation list is in operation but there are still places available for Saturday, February 24th.

Roscommon’s Mairead O’Shea, Communications Manager with See Her Elected, explained that the event is open to women from all over Ireland who are planning to run as candidates in next year’s local elections.

“If you want to learn how to become a county councillor then come along and meet our panel of experts to get you election-ready. Learn how to put your election campaign team together, election canvassing, campaigning, communications strategies and the all-important confidence and resilience factor to give you the edge.

“Longford Women’s Link operates an early year’s childcare service and a mobile creche which means free professional, Tulsa registered childcare services are also available on the day for those who require them.

“We are also delighted to be able to offer free transport to and from Longford Train/Bus station if required. Refreshments and lunch will also be provided on the day and it’s all completely free of charge”.

Independent Cllr Emer Kelly from Ballyforan, became one of the youngest councillors in the country when she was co-opted onto Roscommon County Council in April 2021 at just 21 years of age to fill the vacancy created when Cllr Ivan Connaughton resigned his seat. Cllr Kelly is seeking to be returned to the chamber this year when she goes to the electorate while sitting Cllr Valerie Byrne will also be seeking re-election.

“We are appealing to women all over County Roscommon to consider running for election. The first woman ever elected to the county council was Fianna Fáil’s Teresa Gavin in 1928 for the Roscommon Town area but since 1925 there have only ever been a total of 11 women elected to Roscommon County Council. That’s 11 women in almost 100 years which is a desperately low number! See Her Elected is here to help support women seeking election so please get in touch or attend the free events planned for 2024,” said Mairead.

For more information on the January and February events please visit www.seeherelected.ie and register your interest or phone 086 0320455.