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See Her Elected appoints new Communications Manager

By January 21, 2022No Comments

See Her Elected, the feminist, community-led, rural initiative to support women into politics has appointed a new Communications Manager.

Mairéad O’Shea from Roscommon Town has been appointed the new Communications Manager with the SHE programme.

A former journalist with over twenty years of experience and a former Deputy Editor of the Roscommon Herald, Mairéad has worked as a Media/PR Consultant for the past number of years. She has vast experience in the political arena including election campaigns and she previously worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to a TD. Mairéad is also a Director (voluntary) of the Roscommon Women’s Network. Mairéad started her career in journalism in The Longford Leader. She is a native of Lanesboro, Co Longford but has lived in Roscommon Town for many years.

CEO of Longford Women’s Link Tara Farrell announced the appointment saying: “Mairéad brings considerable media, journalistic and political experience to the role. We are delighted to have her on board.” Dr Michelle Maher Programme Manager with See Her Elected said: “Mairéad brings great enthusiasm, experience and skill to the role. She is an exceptional asset, both to the continuing development of the SHE Programme and to enhancing the practical, experience-led support from SHE to women candidates in local elections and their campaign teams.”

See Her Elected aims to strengthen local democracy and increase the diversity of voices in politics with a particular focus on the counties of Longford, Westmeath, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal.  SHE is a joint initiative between 50:50 Northwest and Longford Women’s Link. The project is funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage which is headed up by Westmeath native Minister of State Peter Burke.