Alison is currently Mayor on Dublin City Council.
- Member of Labour Party since 2010,
- Former Secretary of Santry Kilmore Labour Party Branch.
- Chairperson of Dublin Bay North Labour Party constituency 2013,
- Vice Chair Dublin Bay North Labour Party constituency 2014
- Supporter of Labour Women
- Elected to Dublin City Council as a 1st time candidate, May 2014
- Appointed Peace Commissioner, June 2016
- Trade Union official and Equality Officerwith INTO
- Former primary school teacher
- Alternate member to the European Committee of the Regions and sitting on the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX).
- Chairperson DCC High Level Street Issues Group
- Member of DCC Dublin City Business Forum and Dublin Chamber of Commerce
- Member of DCC Corporate Policy Group, DCC Finance SPC, DCC Planning SPC and DCC Women’s Committee, DCC North Central Area Committee, DCC North Central Area Joint Policing Committee
- Completed Dublin Marathon 2009
- 2021: Certificate in Decision Making, Judgement Biases and Nudges, London School of Economics and Political Science
- 2018: Doctorate of Education, University of Nottingham
- 2010: Meridian Leadership Programme, Common Purpose, Dublin
- 2009: Diploma in Personal and Business Coaching, Irish Lifecoach Institute, Dublin
- 2008: Masters (M.Sc.) in Education and Training Management (Leadership), DCU.
- 1994: Diploma in Spanish, Department of Education and Science, Madrid, Spain
- 1989: Bachelor in Education, Church of Ireland College of Education awarded by Trinity College, Dublin