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Ben plans to campaign for new deal

Ben Slimm: Elected to executive board

A PROMINENT member of the Labour Party in Kerry has been elected to the executive board of the organisation.

Ben Slimm garnered the necessary support at the party’s 71st annual conference which is being held this weekend in the Mansion House in Dublin.

A marketing and enterprise officer at the Munster Technological University who previously served as President of the Students’ Union at IT Tralee, Ben (32) was a Kerry County Council local elections candidate in the Tralee municipal district area in 2019 but he secured just over 400 first preference votes and failed to win a seat.

He said at the time that he felt generation didn’t have a voice in the local area.

Planning a new deal for Ireland: Labour leader Alan Kelly at an event on Ballinskelligs beach.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

“Kerry was devastated during the economic collapse and many people my age left and are yet to return,” he remarked.

He said he wanted to work to make Tralee an attractive town for people to live work and study in by bringing more business into the town centre and holding local government to account.

Ben said he is delighted to be elected to the Labour executive board and proud of the activists that have occupied the seats before him.

“I’m looking forward to bringing a campaigning Labour Party to the forefront of the executive,” Ben said.

The central theme of the Labour Party conference is securing “a new deal” for Ireland that delivers for working people.

The party, led by Alan Kelly. who is married to a Regina O’Connor from Waterville, wants to implement progressive economic and social policies that make a real difference in people’s lives and the four key themes it has set out are care, climate, housing and work.