Meet Elisa

I’m Elisa O’Donovan, the Social Democrats Candidate for Mayor of Limerick City and County.

I have been a Councillor for Limerick City West since 2019 and this June I will be running for re-election and also for the new office of the Mayor of Limerick.

I live on O’Connell Avenue in Limerick with my two Deel Animal Rescue cats, Mittens and Socks. I love running and cycling and can be found most Saturday mornings at the Mungret parkrun. In 2017 I established #SwimableLimerick, an initiative to promote social swimming in the River Shannon in Limerick City.

I have been working as a front-line healthcare worker in Limerick since qualifying as a speech and language therapist in 2020. Over the last 15 years I’ve worked with the Disability Federation of Ireland, Headway, Mental Health Reform, and the HSE. Care and community health are my passions.

As a frontline healthcare worker, I have a different perspective than many in politics. My work has taught me valuable lessons about the resilience of the people who live here; the strength of our local communities and the deficits we have in so many of our important services.

I grew up in Cricklewood in North West London to Irish parents and returned to live in Rathkeale when I was 15 where my parents still live.

We are a gloriously multicultural community in Limerick City West and we are a community that values friendship, solidarity and compassion. We also value transparency and accountability in our public offices. These are all the values that I hold and why I have loved every minute of representing the people of Limerick City West over the last five years.

My vision for Limerick is very clear. I want to build a Limerick that is fair, creative, prosperous and healthy. I want to build safer spaces for everyone in our city and county. I want to prioritise better public services and amenities so we can build strong and healthy communities.

A key focus will also be the environment and ensuring that Limerick becomes the greenest and cleanest county in the country. Crucially, I also believe that we need much more transparency and accountability in local authority decision-making and much greater engagement with the public.

The role of Mayor in Limerick is a new one and whoever is elected will shape the future growth and development of the county for the next five years. The stakes could not be higher and we must get this right.

I love our county but I think we can make things much better. I think we can make Limerick a place for ourselves, our families, and our communities to live and thrive. I want a Limerick that has the well-being of its people at the heart of every decision and policy. As I have done in Council, I give a commitment to do this and to work tirelessly to improve life for everyone across the city and county.

I know that Limerick has so much potential, much of which is unfortunately being wasted because of a lack of focus and priority from central government. I know that with the right Mayor in place – one who values honesty, integrity and accountability – we can change that.

Elisa also the Social Democrats sitting Councillor and running for re-election for Limerick City West.

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