ESB has a number of staff who have successfully ran for local elections over the years. Here we profile three recent candidates with ESB connections.
John McGinley has been a Labour Party Member of Kildare County Council since 1992. He was re-elected in the 1999 Elections and was again successful in the Elections last June, increasing his vote each time. John was a candidate in the Leixlip Electoral Area of the Council where there were 4 seats to be filled. He came second in the First Count with 1,274 votes and ended up with 1,913 votes on the sixth count when he was elected along with two others. The Leixlip Electoral Area includes the towns of Maynooth and Leixlip. The Labour Party strategy confined John''s canvassing to Maynooth in an attempt to get two Labour candidates elected. The strategy nearly came off as the second Labour candidate, Colm Purcell, lost out by only 103 votes. In the subsequent AGM of Kildare County Council John was elected as Deputy Mayor in a vote of the 25 members of the Council. John is also a Worker Director on the Board of the ESB.
Anne Taylor was elected as a Councillor to Clonmel Borough Council in June 2004. Anne joined the Labour Party in 1995 and played an active role in the work of the Labour Womens Council who nominated her to the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party. At local level in Clonmel, the birthplace of the Labour Party, Anne is Chairperson of the Clonmel Branch and will be working hard to regain the Dail seat in South Tipperary for the Labour Party. Anne is the Senior Independent Director on the Board of ESB.
Sean Creamer is an electrician at ESB’s generating station in Ardnacrusha in County Clare. He is a native of Portroe in County Tipperary and his interest in politics goes back to his childhood when his family were involved in the trade union movement in Nenagh. In fact the local branch of the Labour party is named after his late uncle, Denis O’Donnell. Sean campaigned for many years with the former Labour TD, John Ryan and he is deeply involved in many local organisations including GAA groups, community and drama associations. Over the years he has also been involved in many staff events at Ardnacrusha going back to the days of Tops of the Town. Following the introduction of the dual mandate Sean was co-opted on to the local council in Nenagh when Senator Kathleen O’Meara had to rescind her seat on the Council. Sean successfully ran for election in June of this year and says he has many issues to fight on behalf of his constituents.