Angela Murphy

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Hi my name Angela Murphy and I am a Labour Party Area Rep for the Ballincollig/Carrigaline Municipal Area of Cork County Council.

I believe that my credentials and my record of work within my community and the Labour Party equips me well for the position.

I am very active in community based work.  I am a founder member and Chairperson of the Passage West Maritime Heritage Festival Committee, coordinator of the Old Church graveyard clean up, maintenance and mapping project.  A member of the Cork Harbour Heritage Alliance and a representative on the Cork Harbour Forum.  I also assist the local senior citizens group in Passage West & Monkstown and and sing with my local church choir. 

I am a qualified advocate and I do volunteer work with Cork Advocacy Service (CAS) and currently I am attending UCC part time, 2 year course on Social  & Psychological Health Studies.

I was a Labour member on the Passage West/Monkstown town council until its abolition. I am Chairperson of the local Labour branch and Vice Chairperson of the Cork South Central Constituency Council.  I was a member of the female panel on Labour Equality for the past 2 years and I am currently policy coordinator on Labour Equality.  I ran in the 2014 Local Elections but unfortunately I was an unsuccessful candidate.  

As a returning emigrant I am fully aware of how much Ireland has change in recent years and of the huge pressures on many people struggling  to cope,  while at the same time trying to retain their dignity and self esteem.  Housing, Employment and the Health Service were all adversely effected during the recession hitting some sectors of society very hard. 

My focus of interest is on the needs of older people and those with disability - two groups that are vulnerable, often marginalised and less able to fend for themselves. These people need strong committed advocacy together with a caring support so that they are no longer denied an equality of rights, service and assistance to cater for their specific needs.

I believe that my credentials, my record of work and dedication within my community and the Labour Party equips me well for that challenge.