General Election Candidate for Limerick City
Sarah Jane is the SocDems Spokesperson on Mental Health. Sarah Jane has studied, worked and lived in Limerick City since 2006, having grown up in Castlebar, County Mayo.
She went on to complete a degree in Politics and Public Administration and a masters in European Politics and Law from the University of Limerick. While at UL, Sarah Jane served as Postgraduate Student Union President.
Sarah Jane stood in the 2016 General Election for the SocDems in Limerick City and was appointed national chairperson of the Social Democrats in 2017.
Sarah Jane believes that Limerick needs new politics to systematically tackle the ongoing issues facing the city over many years, such as unemployment blackspots, inaccessibility and cost of healthcare, home care and care for the elderly.
She joined the SocDems to work for a radical change in how public services are delivered and to bring about a long-term approach to policy making to build a fairer and sustainable Ireland.
“Everyone, regardless of background should be able to access education, childcare, care for the elderly and healthcare.”
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Sarah Jane Hennelly - Social Democrat for Limerick City is with Rob Hennelly and 3 others.
3 months ago
My family, who travelled from all corners of Ireland to support me this weekend. There for the highs and the lows. I am so blessed ❤ ... See MoreSee Less
It's taken me time to be able to write something about this weekend. There's a lot to take in. I am disappointed for all the people who put in so much to help me compete. I have met some of the best people who will shape who I am forever.
We have all witnessed how difficult it is, what we're up against, the size of the challenge & the machines built over hundreds of years.
I always wanted to offer something in politics to make it better and to give people hope. There are plenty who offer little but succeed, so I thought, I have to try. But it's an enormous challenge. Politics as an institution is built by parties & people who want to hold on to power, the system is built to do that. We always knew that, so it tempers any sense of hopelessness there might be.
I know the things that still matter enormously to me. I want to challenge the status quo. I don't feel the standard in politics is good enough, not by a long stretch. I want things to be fairer. I want the cosy arrangements and sweetheart deals out in the open and assessed on their fairness - assessed for who's interests they are in.
I want those who should be held to account to be held to account, completely. That will be where we source our pride and belief in our own country, when we feel we're all living under the same rules, regardless of who you are or where you're from.
Until then, the presiding sense of injustice & cynicsim in politics will remain. I will continue to fight for these things because I feel it's too important not to.
A shining light in this is the election of Elisa O'Donovan for Limerick City West. She will make an incredible advocate for our city. She is the best role model you could find and I am so proud to have her representing our party. She is a special person and an inspiration to me.
For now, I'm taking time to regroup, surround myself with the people who love me the most and begin having more of a life for myself, which I haven't had in some time!
Thanks again to each and every person who believed in me. It meant more than you will ever know.
I'm here now with my little friend, Betty. Her little face would lift any spirit, the little pet 💜 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for everything Sarah-Jane 💜 You're a star and should be proud of what you've done
SJH you are an inspiration and a wonderful person. It is a huge loss that you weren’t elected, but don’t be disheartened.. it’s an ageless game and you have youth on your side. I know with all my heart you will get the right position for you at the right time. And that will be a great day for our country. We all believe in you and what you stand for so upwards and onwards. Keep fighting the good fight. You are a wonderful representative of what is right and fair - something that is badly needed in politics and rest assured your time will come! X
I hand on heart do believe that social democrats, solidarity and green party are making the steps to change that view. Unfortunately in Ireland a lot of the time glaciers move faster than these views BUT it is changing. Please take time to recharge and clear your head. I think engaging the young voters is the key and I do believe that you and the Social Democrats have the key to doing that.
Wow! That's one of the best summaries of Irish politics I've ever read. We have lost a fantastic councillor - for now. I've no doubt you will be back. You are badly needed. Take care Sarah and have a well-earned break
Hi Sarah , i love what you do . Stay you and hold your head high . There is no sense in the fickle political system . You would make a good Mayor .
I'm so impressed by you and the vulnerable honest and insight of this post. You're an inspiration
Well said Sarah, it’s such a pity for limerick your weren’t elected, people are so ignorant about what goes on and how much change is needed, someone like you will eventually make a difference to people’s lives be it in politics or not🙌🥰
Well done on such an honest campaign Sarah Jane. X
I know youll rise to the top. Cream does that.
Tallies are not as healthy as I would have hoped. Sweating for transfers tomorrow, looks like a real long shot. Thanks to everyone for your support. I didn't take the easy road to a seat with a new party like ours but it's easier to concede defeat to the Green Party than Fianna Fail or Fine Gael. It's the issue of our generation so that gives me hope. Here with all my family & friends so, I am one lucky girl. Talk tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less
I was disappointed with numbers I saw. Keep at it!!! Sarah Jane
Rooting for you Sarah Jane!
Long shots are the sweetest. Fingers crossed Sarah Jane x
People get scared at the Ballot Box they fear change they think they're better with the devil they know. But we need people to keep fighting for change so thank you
So disappointing! Fingers crossed for tomorrow! You were my #1! Keep on keepin' on! 💜
Aww Sarah I'll keep everything crossed for ya tomorrow..uve worked so hard chin up lady your amazing xx
The green party? We really have short memories don't we?
Keep the faith
The Impossible is Possible... Never give up. Your my No1. Pg you'll get the points in the am.xx.
You did an amazing campaign, next time xx
Don't give up ..keep up the good fight..
Keeping everything crossed for you Sarah Jane Hennelly xxx
#kathyburkesallwoman is the best thing I've seen on the television in many a year. Heart's about to burst