I’m a former primary teacher and now a full time trade union official with the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation. I am also an active member of the Labour Party and will be running in the local elections representing my local area of Beaumont-Artane. I’ve lived in this are for almost 10 years and am aware of the need to ensure that it is well served and supported.
I believe in actively participating in and contributing positively to local community and national issues – walking the walk rather than just talking the talk. My underpinning philosophy is one of social and economic equality where all citizens’ rights are respected. However, with rights come responsibility, a responsibility to ensure that we do our utmost to uphold these rights, hence my involvement in trade unionism and politics.
Being active first began as a teacher in Our Lady Immaculate SNS in Darndale where, through the INTO, I called for better, more targetted resources and services for disadvantaged DEIS schools. Since then, I’ve engaged with campaigns that promote a better fairer way, a way that supports all citizens socially and economically and that seek the realisation of the right of every single individual to live with dignity and realise his/her full potential.
My work in INTO mostly involves developing professional development courses for primary schools and primary teachers. These courses are designed by teachers for teachers and support good teaching and learning. One of the most enjoyable parts of my work is filming teachers in their classrooms showing and explaining how they teach.
Politically, I have seen that the Labour Party, when in a majority position such as on the current Dublin City Council, can effectively ensure that communities and the people who live and work in them are put at the centre of decision making. I want to support and build on this work, hence my putting my head above the parapet and seeking a DCC seat in the local elections on May 23rd.
Through this blog/site I hope you can get to know me and what I stand for a little better.