Weeks after the resignation of co-founder Stephen Donnelly from the party, Brian Sheehan has today been appointed as the first General Secretary of the Social Democrats.
The Social Democrats, who were founded 14 months ago, have 2 TDs in Dáil Éireann following Donnelly’s decision to leave, namely co-leaders Roisin Shortall and Catherine Murphy. Sheehan will work collaboratively with the leaders to “move the party onto the next level… developing internal structures and leading branch developments across Ireland”.
Sheehan was the co-director of the Yes Equality referendum campaign in 2015, having worked as Executive Director of GLEN (Gay & Lesbian Equality Network) since 2007. He was co-writer on the book “Ireland Says Yes: The Inside Story of How The Vote for Marriage Equality Was Won”, which was published earlier this year.
In a statement, Sheehan declared that “the party’s core principles of progressive and fair society, vibrant economy and honest politics will help us build a better Ireland”.
Roisin Shortall said “To meet our ambitions as a party we need the very best and in Brian we know we’ve got just that”.
The appointment of Sheehan as General Secretary, as well as former journalist Graham Clifford’s installation as Communications Direction, comes weeks before the party’s first National Conference.