February 28, 2017
Social Democrats co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Roísín Shortall today announce that Cork County Councillor Joe Harris joins the Party.
Announcing the move, co-leaders Catherine Murphy TD and Roísín Shortall TD said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Joe to the Social Democrats. He joins our vibrant new branch in Cork South Central and brings a wealth of personal, business, community and political experience to the Party.”
“His advocacy for mental health services, his deep understanding of the disastrous impact of austerity and his championing of those in financial distress enable Joe to make a significant contribution to the development of our policies to address the daily litany of revelations that undermine our people and our country.”
Commenting on his move, Councillor Harris said:
“I have been following the Social Democrats since its formation and I believe the Party is a real alternative to the stale politics of the established parties. Party leaders Róisín Shorthall and Catherine Murphy are inspiring and principled public representatives. I’m delighted to join them in the Party.
The Social Democrats stand for a better, fairer Ireland, with opportunity for everyone not just the few. Core party policies have never been so relevant or urgent as they area now. In particular, our commitment to set up an anti-corruption agency and to build a universal health service have huge public support and, as we have seen in just the last few weeks, are urgently needed.
I feel that with the support of such a vibrant party behind me, I can better serve my constituents. The work I’m involved with in local politics has increased dramatically and I feel that i will be able to offer people a better service with so much expertise among our members.
I look forward to working with the Party and the Branch here in Cork South Central as we become a dynamic force for change in Cork County and City and across Irish politics.”
“Councillor Harris joins the recently formed Branches in Cork and our newly appointed Social Democrats Local Area Representatives as the Social Democrats movement to reshape Ireland gathers pace across Cork and across Munster” concluded Catherine Murphy.
1. Cllr. Joe Harris Biography
Born in Douglas, with 6 brothers and 3 sisters he attended Douglas St. Columbus primary school, and Douglas Community School, Joe established his own business after working for New Ireland and Prudential Assurance in South Mall Cork.
Father of four children Joe ran as Independent in 2014 and was elected to Cork County Council.
Joe has a keen interest in sport in his local community and played soccer with Douglas Hall for 15 years and also played football and hurling with Douglas GAA. His involvement in the local community continues through his involvement as a manager in his local soccer clubs and he manages teams in both Douglas and Passage.
He was the founder of Douglas Post Magazine, is a Mental Health Advocate and as a Community Activist has supported people in financial distress.
2. Local Area Representative in Cork
The Social Democrats have recently established branches in Cork North Central and Cork South Central. Newly appointed Local Area Representatives for the Party in Cork are Sineád Halpin, Cork North East Ward in Cork North Central and Ciaran McCarthy, Ballincollig in Cork North West Constituency.