We recently wrote to you with the news that the IIA are for the first time a Seanad Nominating Body, on the Industrial and Commercial Panel. We are pleased to update you with the news that we received applications from a strong field of candidates. These applications were submitted to the Board of the IIA for their consideration and selection.
It is with great pleasure that I can now announce to you that Councillor William Lavelle (South Dublin County Council) will be contesting the Seanad Elections as the IIA nominee on the Industrial and Commercial Panel. Given Cllr Lavelle’s significant experience as advisor to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, we believe that Cllr Lavelle will represent a strong and informed voice for the members of the Irish Internet Association should he get elected. As a qualified architect originally from Mayo and living in Dublin and having served as Chairman of the Planning and Transport SPC, Cllr Lavelle is not only a strong advocate for STEM education but also the critical role of broadband roll-out nationally.
The Irish Internet Association is an independent representative body working to make Ireland a leading web enabled economy. We made the decision to become a Seanad Nominating Body as we believe that Oireachtas representation will amplify these efforts and our voice at government level. We urge you as members to support us in this by lending your support to Councillor Lavelle’s candidacy. You can do so by contacting your local TD, Senator or County Councillor and ask them to consider Cllr Lavelle for their number one or next highest preference vote.