My name is Fidelma Bennett and I am delighted to be a Local Area Representative for the Labour Party in Mullingar. Born and reared in the town and the daughter of the late Jimmy Bennet who served on the County Council for 25yrs, I became aware from a young age of the day-to-day problems of ordinary people and the role of the local politician in working for their welfare.
Having graduated from NUIM in Philosophy and Anthropology, I currently work in local homeless services supporting homeless women and children in the midland area. My experience, past and present, informs my knowledge of Mullingar’s problems and potentials. I am acutely aware of issues affecting the town and am interested in working with others in the community to help resolve them.
My main priorities are
- The availability of adequate and affordable housing for all is a basic necessity in the community. This also includes proper planning for developments with appropriate infrastructure and facilities.
- The provision of school and childcare places which has been an on-going problem for some time.
- Small businesses are the life-blood of the area and I believe supporting them offers employment and opportunities for the whole community.
- Issues specific to women to include women’s health, equal pay and opportunities.
- Increased support for Domestic Violence Services.
- To highlight the considerable lack of Mental Health Services locally and work to improve the health and wellbeing of all who need help.
- To also highlight the appalling lack of addiction services as the plague of drug taking ravishes our communities.
I believe it is important for members of the community to come together and step forward to improve and enhance our environment and living spaces, with a good quality of life and potential for their families to grow and thrive. I am always interested to help in any way I can.