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I am a County Councillor for the Tallaght South Electoral Area since March 2011 I was co-opted to replace Eamonn Maloney who is now a T.D. for Dublin South West.
I am currently based in the Firhouse Area of Dublin 24 where i have lived for the past 21 years. Due to the Local Government boundary review i will be contesting the newly created Templogue- Terenure Area in the 2014 Local Elections. This new Electoral divison includes the areas of Firhouse, Old Court, Ballycullen, Knocklyon, Ballyroan, Templeogue, Greenhills, Limekiln, Perrystown, Cherryfield and Fortifield.
I have been Politically active for more than 10 years. I have always been passionate about providing a fairer and more just Ireland. My main Political interests include access to quality Education and Healthcare for all, decent pay and conditions for all workers regardless of sector, promoting and defending Human Rights and providing adaquate Public Transport.
I am currently campaigning to protect the view of the Dublin Mountains this amenity is valued by Residents and those who frequent the area for leisure. I believe that development should be prohibited beyond the 110 metre line above Sea Level and that the land should instead be used to establish a Public Park linking the area with the top of Montpellier Hill.
When Dublin Bus initiated the review of Services in the Firhouse Area, I lobbied strenusouly for a Service to be provided linking Firhouse, Old Court and Ballycullen with Rathmines, City West and the South inner City, this led to the re-routing of the 65b Service through Firhouse and ensured that the entire lenght of the Firhouse and Ballycullen road bus lane was utilised. I will continue to campaign for more services linking the Dublin 24 area with the City Centre and with other Suburbs. I have also pushed for a formal role for Local Government in Public transport provision allowing Citizens more of an input in public tansport decisions through their Public representatives.
I welcome the introduction of new Schools for the Firhouse and Ballycullen area however i believe that the Council and the Department of Education should abandon plans to locate the new Schools on the green space beside Carrigwood as this will lead to the destruction of a well used football pitch. I have therefore been campaigning on an ongoing basis to relocate the Schools to an alternative site which would be more acceptable to the Community.
Along with the rest of the Labour group in South Dublin County Council, i have refused to claim expenses for Conferences, we have instead allocated that money towards important Community projects.
At a Council level i have also put forward many motions to influence Government Policy including
-Abolition of zero hours contracts, and promotion of a living wage
-Extending full Marriage rights to same sex couples
-Preventing unscrupoulous employers from exploiting internship schemes
-Restoration of the JLC and REA system in certain employment sectors.
- Dublin : Dublin South West : Templeogue-Terenue