Wilh all the talk of local elections going on at the moment, it’s easy to forget that this summer will also see the European elections happening.
As is the case with every election, the attendant campaign can reveal some new faces who may go on to dominate politics in years to come.
A young Celbridge woman has taken the first step in what may well turn out to be a long career in politics.
Ciara Galvin, a graduate of NUI Maynooth, who is now currently studying for a Masters degree in UCD in Public Policy, spcialising in European Policy.
She has put her name forward for the MEP substitute panel in the Midlands North West constituency.
Effectively this means that if an MEP has to step down or is otherwise incapacititated, if elected to the panel, she can step in.
Ciara is a member of the Labour Party and is already familiar with Brussels and the European Parliament.
She was parliamentary assistant to Nessa Childers for the period when Childers was a member of the party.
“I really found the work interested. I enjoyed the legislature work, as well as doing some work on youth, education and sport,” she told the Leinster Leader.
When we met her in Celbridge, it was with sitting Labour councillor Kevin Byrne who noted that it was great to see young people, especially women getting involved in politics.
Cllr. Byrne has held this position in the past.
Now back living in Celbridge she is active in the Labour party, particularly as the Labour Youth Trade Union co-ordinator.
The party has announced that the selection convention will be on February 23, in Mullingar.
There are six candidates for five positions on the substitute list.