I'm very happy to say I have lived all my life in this area. Originally from Ballymount Road Walkinstown I have lived in Drimnagh for nearly 30 years with my wife Brenda O’Connor who teaches in Drimnagh Castle Primary school. I have two daughters Ellen, also a local primary school teacher and Catherine who lives and works in England.
This community has been good to me and I have tried in some small ways to repay the favour. For over 16 years I was chair of the Assumption Junior Girls School and was happy to help oversee the merger with the Boys school. I’m currently chair of the Crumlin Community Crèche. I am vice chair of the local Drugs and Alcohol task force. I am also on the committee of the Drimnagh Residents Association. I represented the old Crumlin-Kimmage ward as a City Councillor from 2011-2014. When the boundaries changed I opted to represent Ballyfermot- Drimnagh as this is where I live.
Previously a residential social worker in the inner city I have worked for many years with the Columban Missionaries in the areas of global justice, ecology and promoting good relationships between people of different faiths and none. In that role I chair the Dublin Interfaith Forum, and was a founder member of the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland and continue to serve on their board.
My priorities include:
Smarter and more strategic planning
I am in favour of the development of localized strategic plans for the different areas of Ballyfermot-Drimnagh, which compromises several distinct communities, and ensuring that council resources are fairly distributed. As well as improving parks and sports facilities, we need smarter answers to the problems of parking and transport.
A community that fits the needs of the people who live there.
This area has one of the highest proportions of older people and people with disabilities. We need to ensure that the promised Primary Health Care Centre for Drimnagh becomes a reality, and that our public spaces, paths, crossings etc. are all of the highest quality.
Equally we have a growing population of younger families with young children. Availability and affordability of high quality child care is essential, and the City Council has an important role to play.
A more responsive Council
Whether it is a litter problem, a broken pavement, noisy neighbours or more serious anti-social behavior, people need to know that they can contact the Council and that there will be a response to their problem.
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