September 22, 2016
Brian Sheehan has been appointed as the Social Democrats’ first General Secretary.
Mr Sheehan, who has worked as the Executive Director of GLEN, one of Ireland’s leading LGBT advocacy organisations since 2007, was the co-director of the Yes campaign in last’s year successful marriage referendum.
“It’s a great honour for me to take up this position with the Social Democrats. The Party has a hugely important role to play in Irish politics and social change in the years to come. The Social Democrats are ideally placed to bring the essential Irish values of fairness, justice and equal citizenship to the forefront of Irish politics,” said Mr Sheehan, adding: “The Party’s core principles of progressive and fair society, vibrant economy and honest politics will help us build a better Ireland. I look forward to putting my shoulder to the wheel to ensure those principles are vigorously pursued.”
Commenting on the appointment Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy T.D. said: “Brian’s energy, experience and life-long dedication to advocating for equality and fairness makes him the perfect person to move our party onto the next level in terms of developing internal structures and leading branch development across Ireland. We’re all excited by his arrival, this is a historic day for the Party.”
And Róisín Shortall T.D. believes Mr Sheehan’s appointment, coming just weeks before the Party’s first national conference, shows the Social Democrats are building for the future.
“To meet our ambitions as a party we need the very best and in Brian we know we’ve got just that. Members have been joining in increasing numbers in recent weeks and we’ll be stepping up our membership drive in the weeks ahead,” she said.
Mr Sheehan will formally take up his role with the Social Democrats on a full-time basis from November 1st.
Also, today, former journalist and broadcaster Graham Clifford takes up the position of Communications Director with the Social Democrats succeeding Anne-Marie McNally who will move into the position of Political Director with the Party.