Cllr Lettie McCarthy

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Lettie contested local elections for the first time in 2004 and topped the poll in the Glencullen Ward which includes Ballyogan, Ballinteer,Barnacullia,Glenamuck,Glencullen, Kilternan, Sandyford and Stepaside. Since then she has served as former Leas Cathaoirleach of the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Dublin Regional Authority. In 2009 with the local electoral boundaries changed, Lettie topped the poll again, receiving the highest percentage of First preference votes for candidates contesting the DunLaoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Her interest in politics began when as a young mother, she got involved in the Tidy Towns in Stepaside, trying to make the immediate environment and community a better place to live by clearing litter, planting trees, flowers and shrubs,. Then as the green fields between Sandyford and Stepaside were rezoned for building thousands of houses but no facilities, she knew that her community needed to tackle this issue to make her part of south Dublin a better place.

Living in one of the fastest-growing areas of the city, Lettie was a founding member of Stepaside Area Residents' Association and of the local umbrella group formed to fight for proper planning in the greater Sandyford area after massive rezoning for development.

She lobbied Councillors, engineers, builders and officials and poured over those Development Plan maps late into the night. She wrote questions and motions to be tabled at council meetings and often sat in frustration in the visitor's gallery when the right questions were not put, or wrong answers went unchallenged. When the planning guidelines became her bedtime reading, Lettie knew her life had changed.

But fighting those battles on the outside is fighting them at second-hand in Lettie's opinion. That's why she contested the local elections. She wanted to bring her energy, experience and passion to help directly shape the plans for the local community and ensure that communities come first.

Lettie says that it is an honour to represent the residents in the Glencullen-Sandyford ward and she is determined to get the absolute most for people in the area, both now and for years to come.