I was honoured to be elected in May 2019 as the Labour Party Councillor representing the Bray East Area on Wicklow County Council.
As many people in Bray already know, I spent almost fifteen years in total as a Councillor on the Bray Town Council and Wicklow County Council. I have been elected Cathaoirleach of the Bray Council on three occasions in total and was honoured to be only the second woman in the history of Wicklow County Council to be elected to the position of Cathaoirleach of that body. In 2011, I contested and won a seat in Dáil Éireann for the Labour Party and in my time as a Dáil Deputy, I was Vice-Chair of the Labour Parliamentary Party and Vice-Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Justice and Equality. I was also a member of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee for two years.
Women's rights and equality have always been of great importance to me and I have been involved in many campaigns down the years including equal pay, divorce and women's reproductive rights. It goes without saying that women are hugely under-represented in Dáil Éireann and on local authorities. I hold a diploma accredited to Maynooth College in Women's Studies.
In 2016, I made a decision to apply for the Access to Lifelong Learning programme in UCD, a year-long course that enables and supports people returning to higher education. After successfully completing the Access course, I embarked on a full-time degree programme in UCD and graduated with a History & English honours degree in 2020. Being a mature student in UCD was both enriching and rewarding and I would recommend the Lifelong Learning programmes to anyone with spare time on their hands and with a thirst for knowledge! I am delighted to be commencing a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies in September 2021.
Since my election to Wicklow County Council in 2019, I have been appointed to the following positions:
- Cathaoirleach of the Bray Municipal District Council for 2020-2021.
- Member of the Kildare Wicklow Education & Training Board.
- Member of the Governing Body of the IADT, Dun Laoghaire.
- Member of the Board of Management of Coláiste Ráithín.
- Member of the Bray Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force.
- Member of the Bray Harbour Joint Development Committee.
- Member of the Bray Municipal Swimming Pool Committee.
I hope during the coming years to represent the people of the Bray East local area to the best of my ability and would encourage anyone with a local issue or concern to contact me, preferably via email. My email addresses are [email protected] / [email protected]
Lastly, I would like to thank all those people who once again put their trust in me and voted for me in the 2019 Local Elections.