My name is Aaron Byrne and I am a Local Area Representative for Meath East.
While my family is originally from Dublin I am a proud born and bred Kells native (I'm a MEATH MAN as I would insist when I was younger). I grew up in Kells where my father, Pat,and mother, Ann, instilled in me the value of hard work and fair play. I currently live with my Fiancée Linda in Kells where we have just bought our first home.
I joined the Labour Party as a student in TCD in 2010. I have since graduated with a BA(Hons) in Philosophy and Political Science. I currently work in IT but have always been passionate about politics and my local community which drove my decision to become active in the Kells Labour Branch in 2013. I was elected as Secretary of the Branch in 2014 and have served as Chairman since 2015.
My involvement with the community began at an early age when I joined the Kells Musical and Dramatic Society where I have been an active cast and committee member for the past 12 years. As well as performing on stage this has given me the opportunity to get involved with many other voluntary and charity organisations in the area over the years through special shows and fundraisers. I am also a member of Inspire Choral Group which has given further opportunity to get involved in different parts of the community including singing in St. Colmcilles Church every month and providing music for the annual Pink Ribbon Walk and various other charitable events.
As your local area representative I want to ensure that the following issues, to name a few, are being raised and debated at a local level:
- Affordable Housing - As a new homeowner I understand the struggle to find affordable housing in the rental sector and as first time buyer. I want to make sure that Meath County Council are focusing the available funding for housing in the areas most affected.
- Education - A growing population is putting extra pressure on our schools and making sure quality education is available to all is a priority for me.
- Environment - Our environment plays a huge part in our local tourist industry. I am committed to finding sustainable energy solutions to protect both our environment and our local businesses.
- Public Transport - Quality transport services are essential for many people in our area. I am familiar with the daily commute to Dublin and I have many friends and relatives that rely on these services for hospital appointments and to travel for work and college. I will work to ensure that regular services are maintained at an affordable price.
I am looking forward to working with you in the coming months and years to improve our community. If you have any issues or suggestions you would like to raise please do not hesitate to contact me.