Sinn Féin have co-opted Lisa Colman into the vacant council seat of by-election winner Mark Ward TD. Speaking at her first council meeting with South Dublin CoCo, Cllr Colman said; “I am hugely honoured and humbled to be selected to be co-opted as a Sinn Fein County Councillor for the North Clondalkin/Palmerstown/Lucan LEA. “Taking on this role will be extremely challenging, considering this particular Sinn Féin seat has been held by both Deputies Mark Ward and Eoin Ó Broin in the past. It is no coincidence that they both are now TDs as they were the hardest working Councillors in the Clondalkin/Lucan area. “Replacing Mark will be difficult. He topped the poll in the local elections and then was a poll topper in the recent by-election. All the spin in the world by other candidates cannot replace on the ground hard work for communities.

“Housing is hugely important to me. I am the vice chair of co-operative housing Ireland’s South County board. I work tirelessly to keep rents at an affordable price for all member tenants. “For the people who are not lucky enough to have a home, I set up the Clondalkin Weekend Soup Run almost a year and a half ago. In that time, I have been out every single weekend and bank holiday Mondays bringing people essentials they may need. “I, along with my Sinn Féin colleagues, will work to give families and workers a break. We will continue to be the voice of opposition to the ruling group of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Green Party and some independents. “I am up for this challenge and look forward to working alongside my Sinn Fein Comrades on South Dublin County Council.”