I am a lecturer and researcher in education policy, working in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin. I am passionate about education both in my job and in my work as a local representative. I hold a doctorate in education and work closely with schools and teachers on a day to day basis. I am proud to serve as a member of the board of management of Castleknock Community College (CCC) and of the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board. Investment in schools and third-level colleges is crucial to give everyone the best possible opportunities.
Achieving better planning and responsible development in our area is one of my key priorities. The solution to the housing crisis is not irresponsible development of the kind that we saw before, but providing more family homes, affordable housing for young people and the opportunity for residents in mature areas to ‘trade down’ to high quality houses or apartments in their local area. I have represented local residents and communities on planning applications to prevent irresponsible development and protect the historic village of Castleknock, most recently in an oral hearing with An Bord Pleanála against the Lidl development proposed for Castleknock village. We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the property boom: currently developers have a great deal of influence within the planning process and I will work to rebalance this to ensure that the voice of local communities is heard.
More generally, I believe in working with local communities, sports clubs and residents' associations to find constructive solutions to local problems.
Some priorities for the community:
- Investing in education: Maintain and expand investment in our primary and secondary schools in Clonsilla, Castleknock and Blanchardstown to meet growing demand. Greater development of further education is also badly needed, in conjunction with the expansion of Blanchardstown Institute of Technology within a new technological university.
- Jobs: promote job creation and increased opportunities for job training to ensure that people who have been unemployed for longer periods are not left behind as the economy improves.
- Community-led development: campaign for responsible planning to ensure that there is no return to the reckless development and irresponsible re-zonings of the past.
- Protecting our environment: improve the use of our local parks, canals and other amenities and preserve the Liffey valley special amenity area.
- Improving amenities: Residents have been paying the Local Property Tax for three years – we should expect to secure improvements in local services so that residents get real value for money from this tax.
I will campaign to keep up investment in our schools, improve local amenities and ensure that planning and development in our area is driven by the community.
I would like to hear from you - let me know of your concerns or priorities for our area.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me - email me or give me a call.