Labour Woman: Cllr. Carrie Smyth
16 August 2013
I was very interested and active in politics from a young age through community campaigning on issues relating to planning and the environment.
My late father Frank Smyth joined the Labour Party in the late 60’s and became a Councillor in 1979. I think this had some influence on my joining the Labour Party. I have been a very active member of the Labour Party for over 20 years, working on various Local, Dail, European and Presidential elections as well as numerous referendum campaigns.
I was co-opted onto Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in 2003 for the Ballybrack Ward and was re-elected to the Council in the Local Elections in 2004 and 2009. I was elected Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in June this year, which is the highlight of my political career.
Becoming a Councillor in 2003 was a great honour and I felt very privileged. I take great pride in representing the people of Ballybrack. I wanted to ensure I got re-elected in the Local Elections in June 2004, as 80% of co-optees do not retain their seat. So as a Public Representative no matter who makes a representation to me I will pursue their issue to a satisfactory conclusion. I enjoy meeting people and discussing their concerns and pursuing their issues to an end.
In the last ten years that I have been a Councillor I have pursued numerous issues which have reached a conclusion like the improvements to the parks in Kilbogget, Killiney and Shanganagh and ensure our Libraries receive relevant funding. The everyday concerns such as street sweeping, gully cleaning, litter and graffiti removal remain the top issues.
To date the pinnacle of my political life was becoming Cathaoirleach in June. I am humbled, honoured and privileged to be Cathaoirlech in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown where I was born, grew up, educated, work and live.
This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly, and I will endeavour to represent the people of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown with the utmost transparency and vigour.