I'm a Dublin City Councillor for the Labour Party representing my local area of Artane/Whitehall which encompasses most of Dublin 17, Dublin 5 and some of Dublin 9. I've lived in my local area for more than 25 years and am aware of the need to ensure that it is well served and supported.
This is my second Council term having been first elected to Dublin City Council in 2014. Since then I have become a strong and determined voice for sustainable housing and appropriate development across our area, effective public transport and public infrastructure, well resourced emergency services and more local community/recreation amenities - green spaces, play grounds and meeting spaces with organised activities.
I believe in actively participating in and contributing positively to local community and national issues - walking the walk rather than just talking the talk.
My underpinning philosophy is one of social and economic equality where all citizens' rights are respected. However, with rights come responsibility, a responsibility to ensure that we do our utmost to uphold these rights, hence my normal day job as a trade union official with the INTO.
Politically, I joined the Labour Party because it matches my values - a progressive equal society underpinned by a strong fair economy with decent jobs. With my right to have my voice heard comes the responsibility of representing the voices of others and striving a better fairer Ireland.
At a local level my priorities are ensuring that
- Clean, safe, green communities
- Transport and traffic management that serve our everyday needs
- Well planned sustainable housing and local development
- Local recreational and sports facilities that promote community activity and inclusion
- Increased resources for Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance service and local Gardai
- Support for local businesses and the creation of local employment opportunities
- Good communication & consultation with local residents on key issues
At a national level, I continuously advocate for
- quality public services, particularly education and community childcare
- decent working terms conditions and wages for all workers
- greater income equality where everyone contributes to our society proportionate to his/her financial ability