The Green Party have announced that Bernie Connolly has been added to the general election ticket in Cork South West.
Ms Connolly, who’s the current Coordinator of Cork Environmental Forum, previously stood for the party in the 2004 local elections.
The Cork Environmental Forum is a local group founded in 1995 to “provide a forum to engage in debate on current environmental issues and seek agreement on ways of resolving them.”
The Glengariff-native, who currently lives in Kilcolman, said that her work in different sectors and with different community groups would stand to her should she become a TD for West Cork.
Ms Connolly, who emigrated to the UK and Australia during the recession of the 80s and early 90s, said that it’s important for TDs and elected officials to be able to empathise & relate to the people they represent.
“In the 80s we saw a lot of people having to move to the UK and further afield for an opportunity at a better life, and we’re seeing it now again,” she said.
“We’ve been fighting for the environment and for biodiversity for years in West Cork, and now you have young people getting really passionate about the environment and the climate crisis.
“In one way it’s terrible that these issues are still issues, but it means that we know what they’re going through, we can speak from experience when they ask for help, and it means that there are passionate people out there to work together to make sure these aren’t issues for our children and grandchildren."
Working together and putting common issues before party politics was a key point stressed by the West Cork native: “Collaboration is a key skill.
"We need to work together, while being inclusive of voices from different aspects of our community, to improve the quality of life for everyone.”
Ms. Connolly is the fifth candidate to be announced as running for the Green Party in Cork, joining City & County councillors Lorna Bogue (Cork South Central), Oliver Moran (Cork North Central), Colette Finn (Cork North West) and Liam Quaide (Cork East) on the ticket.