Marie was elected to South Dublin County Council in 2004 and again in 2009 in the Tallaght South Ward. Originally from Greenhills Marie has lived in Mountain View, Tallaght for the past 15 years with her husband Val and two young children. Tallaght South ward stretches from Firhouse to Citywest taking in the neighbourhoods of Killinarden and Jobstown. The Labour Party is once again the largest political grouping on South Dublin County Council for a second term holding 9 seats since the 2009 Local Elections. Marie currently holds the positions of Chair of the Tallaght Area Committee and also Chair of the Arts, Culture, Education and Gaeilge SPC and has previously been Chair of the Housing and Social SPC for 4 years. Marie is a former Mayor of South Dublin County Council - the first woman from Tallaght to hold this position since the formation of the Council in 1994.
In addition to her usual council responsibilities Marie is a also a member of the Corporate Policy Group of six Councillors and senior Council management since elected in 2004. She has also been a member of the Environment SPC, the Joint Policing Committee and Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee and is the Councillor representative on the West Tallaght RAPID AIT. She is currently a member of the Economic Development and Planning SPC and sub-groups of this SPC focussing on the massive unemployment issues in the Tallaght area - particularly in the RAPID areas of Tallaght which have consistent unemployment comparable with recession figures on an ongoing basis even during the Celtic Tiger. Marie is also a member of the County Development Board.
Marie has a track record as a locally-based community activist her priorities are:
- Facilities - community, sports and playgrounds
- Better housing for all
- Better Planning
- Childcare support
- Garda Substation locally and better policing in the RAPID areas of Tallaght
- Community consultation on all Council plans
- Social inclusion and integration issues
Marie's Community Activities:
- Member of Jobstown Community Council
- Board Member of Tallaght Rehabilitation Project
- Board Member of Killinarden Community School
- Member of Management Committee BASP (Brookfield Addiction Support Programme)
- Member of Management Committee Brookfield Community and Youth Facility
- Member of Dublin Bus Community Forum
- Voluntary Worker with Citywise Jobstown
- Founder Member Jobstown Youth Sports Committee
- West Tallaght Environmental Awareness Group
- Former Group Leader/Founder member of FutureWest (Combined Residents Association)
- Former Chair Suncroft/Sundale/MountainView Residents Association
- Dublin : Dublin South West : Tallaght South E.A.
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