After a difficult couple of years the Rathfarnham Labour Party is still looking to serve our community as best we can. We could really do with your help though, and if you are interested, we’d love you to come and join us.
My name is Peter Leonard. I’m the newly appointed Labour Party Representative for Rathfarnham.
This community is very much at the centre of my world. I was born and raised here, going to Loretto Convent and St Mary’s Boys School for my primary schooling and then on to Colaiste Éanna in Ballyroan.
I’ve lived in Rathfarnham for most of my life, and recently with my wife, Cora, and our four children, we came back to live in the house on Barton Drive where I grew up.
I’m a graduate of UCD and now I work as a Barrister specialising in Constitutional and Employment Law, but previously I worked as a journalist with RTÉ.
I was really delighted and honoured when I was selected by the Labour Party to serve as the local area rep for Rathfarnham. I’m looking forward to working hard for our local community and I hope to be able challenge for a seat at the next local elections.
Why the Labour Party? Because I believe that social democracy provides the best and fairest way to make our society better. Equality and fairness for me are not utopian concepts but they can be achieved through effective campaigning and hard work.
Our branch is proudly called after Justin Keating, the son of celebrated painter Sean Keating, who lived on the Ballyboden Road. Justin served as Minister for Industry and Commerce in the 1970s and epitomised Labour values in his devotion to public service. I hope that I can reflect Justin’s social democratic values in my work here.
True, our party took a hammering in the local and national elections. It was a humbling experience and I believe we have learned from that.
We can’t afford to leave it up to the others to determine our community’s future. Politics really matters, and it’s the best way to change our society for the better.
The first thing I’d like us to do is to begin listening again. I’d like to hear our community’s views about Rathfarnham village: how we can make this wonderful place that we can all be proud of into a thriving suburban village with the jobs and facilities that we deserve.
If you have ever thought about getting involved with a political party please send me an email or contact me. I would be delighted to hear from you.
Together, I know we can make a big difference: Ní neart go cur le chéile