Mayor Dermot Looney Candidate for the 2014 Local Election - Tallaght Central
Fáilte romhat chuig suíomh idirlín Dermot Looney, Chomhairleoir agus Méara in Áth Cliath Theas. Déan teanghmháil le Dermot tríd na sonraí ar dheis.
Cllr Dermot Looney is a 31 year-old Labour Party Councillor on South Dublin County Council. Dermot is the current Mayor of South Dublin - the youngest ever Mayor in County history, and the first from the Dublin 12 area.
He was elected in June 2009 for the 'Tallaght Central' ward, which includes Greenhills, Perrystown, Templeogue, Cherryfield/Beechfield, the Whitehall Rd area and other parts of Dublin 6w and 12. Following boundary changes, he will be standing for the new "Terenure-Templeogue" ward in the 2014 local elections, which includes Firhouse, Knocklyon and parts of Rathfarnham as well as Dublin 12 and 6w.
Dermot was elected as one of the youngest County Councillors in the country - combining the energy and passionate politics of youth with more than a decade's experience in a range of local, national and international movements, from anti-war activism to local development issues and workers' rights campaigns.
Having lived in Greenhills all his life, Dermot works as a primary school teacher in St Dominic's NS, Tallaght. He follows in the socialist traditions of the local Labour Party which have helped to sustain the local community for more than 50 years.
Since his election, Dermot has hit the headlines for his principled stances on the Council and beyond. He has been heavily involved in campaigns for community-led planning and environmental protection, and has taken a strong line opposing illegal dumping and littering. He has been a prominent voice in defending housing grants for the elderly and disabled, and has stood up for local public services including parks, transport, health, transport and housing. He has, among other issues, raised the need for radical action on derelict sites and ghost estates, called on the Council not to deal with companies engaged in human rights abuses in Palestine, demanded the protection of services at Tallaght Hospital, and opposed the privatisation of Coillte. His motion to bring a Gay Pride Festival to Tallaght in February 2010 resulted in a series of Council events promoting LGBT equality.
As a teacher and Councillor, Dermot Looney has stood with local schools to protect staffing levels and resources, particularly for special needs children. His commitment to education extends to his election from the Council to Dublin-Dún Laoghaire Local Education and Training Board (formerly County Dublin VEC), where he has been prominent on issues of funding, student grants and patronage. He takes pride in serving on the Boards of five local post-primary schools, chairing the BOM's in Greenhills College and Coláiste de hÍde. Dermot is also a member of the Dublin 12 Local Drugs Task Force. He led a campaign on the Council to publish all Councillor expenses and remuneration and publishes all of his own expenses online each year.
In Cllr Dermot Looney, local people have a vibrant, energetic and committed young representative with the principled politics we need on the Council. Dermot's contact details are on the right hand side of this page - please contact him with any queries or comments.
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