Hi I’m Nessa Cosgrove and I am a first-time candidate in the local elections in May. I will be running in the Sligo-Strandhill area.

I am standing because we need a new generation of people involved in local politics. A new voice to bring fresh ideas and energy to Sligo County Council. 

I have been living in Cartron in Sligo town since 2003 with my husband Conor, we now have three children.

I have a master’s degree in Social Science (Youth and Community Work) from UCC and have been working as a Youth Liaison Worker with the Sligo Leitrim Home Youth Liaison Service since 2005. Through my work I am very much aware of the everyday problems people face. I have in- depth knowledge of local and national supports that are available to people and their communities. I have represented young people for over twenty years and I feel that I have an understanding of the issues and difficulties faced by Sligo’s young people.

I am a strong believer in social justice and equality of opportunity for all. I always work to ensure that people and community come first. I will do my best to ensure that developments are inclusive, sustainable and community led.

I look forward to meeting you over the coming months to hear your opinions as to how our community can be maintained and improved.

I love being involved my local community; I am Chairperson of Cartron Community Recreational Committee and am Treasurer ofSligo Family ResourceCentre. I am a Beaver Scout Leader in my area for a number of years.

I am an active member of SIPTU Sligo/ Leitrim Roscommon District Council and I was actively involved in the Together forYes Campaignhere in Sligo where the repealing of the 8th Amendment was strongly supported.

My priorities include:

  1. Promote and encourage job creation in Sligo, with particular emphasis on local start up companies.
  2. Prioritising the consistent and ongoing support and development of Voluntary and Community projects in Sligo
  3. Campaigning for the increase in statutory Mental Health Services for the people of Sligo, particularly young people
  4. Push for the development of ‘A Space’ in Sligo town where young people can freely socialise (both indoor and outdoor areas)
  5. Safeguard the ongoing building of affordable and social housing in a transparent and effective manner
  6. Ensure that all developments in Sligo are sustainable, inclusive and community led.
  7. Campaign for continued improvement in road and transport infrastructure
  8. Continued investment in all areas of the Arts which are already so vibrant within this community
  9. Develop a system where it is ensured that Sligo County Council is inclusive, transparent and answerable to the people of Sligo

Nessa Cosgrove

Ireland - Midlands North West : Sligo / Leitrim : Sligo-Strandhill
Home Address:
305 Ard na Mara,
Cartron Point,

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