I have lived in Naas with my family for over thirty five years. My husband Larry, an industrial chemist, and our seven children have enjoyed those years in Naas and consider ourselves very much part of the local community.
My professional background is in nursing and after qualifying as a nurse in the Moyle Hospital Larne and Omagh General Hospital I worked for many years as a nurse in Armagh, Tyrone, Antrim and Dublin.
Despite a busy family and professional life I have always found time to involve myself in local affairs in the community. I am particularly proud of my work with the elderly. As Chairperson of the Naas & District Community Alert for the past fourteen years it has been a pleasure and a most rewarding experience to work voluntarily with older people in securing grant aid necessary to provide these often life saving alarms. Since 2006 we have managed to help provide over 600 alarms for the elderly in the community. Every year I volunteer and travel as an attendant nurse with the Franciscan Pilgrimage to Lourdes helping with the needs of the invalids. I was instrumental in re-launching of a Neighbourhood Watch programme in my area and take a very active interest and supporting role with the Naas Twinning Group who do great work in developing friendships with people from other countries.
I have been an active member of the Labour Party for many years and narrowly missed being elected to Naas Town Council in 2004 by less than ten votes. However undeterred, I was elected in 2009 to Naas Town Council and became the first women to be elected for Labour to the Naas Town Council.
Within Naas Town Council I have taken an active part on committees with particular emphasis on Environment, Signage, Housing& Social Policy and policing. As a councillor I have been involved in helping provide better facilities for the people of Naas. For example we have approved the provision of a new Skate Board Park and Playground in the Caragh Road Area and also a new Community Centre at Monread. I have worked hard with fellow Councillors on the development of a new Business Improvement Plan for the Town. With regard to the environment I have actively campaigned to the protection and preservation of the Naas Canal Area as an important recreational and heritage facility for the town and called for a Local Area Plan to protect it against unnecessary and undesirable development.
One of my major concerns is for the future growth and development of Naas Town as a centre of commercial activity and as an attractive place for people to visit. I believe that the rejuvenation of commercial and community activity is crucial for the future of the town. The Town in my opinion badly needs a major name supermarket to act as a catalyst for this revival. This coupled with a campaign to promote the historical and recreational aspects of Naas would be a great stimulus for future growth and prosperity.
I have always put people at the top of my agenda as a public representative. My primary objective is working with and for people on their concerns and issues.