I’m a Dublin City Councillor for the Labour Party representing my local area of Beaumont-Donaghmede which encompasses most of Dublin 17, Dublin 13 and Dublin 5. I’ve lived in my local area for more than 20 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 normal day job as a trade union official with the INTO.
Politically, I joined the Labour Party because it matches my values – a progressive equal society underpinned by a strong economy with decent jobs. With my right to have my voice heard comes the responsibility of representing the voices of others and stiving a better fairer Ireland.
At a local level my priorities are ensuring that
- Housing supply and quality to meet current needs
- Our communities are clean and safe
- Our common green areas are well maintained and attractive
- More local recreational and sports facilities are provided in areas of need
- Transport and traffic management serve our everyday needs
- Local businesses are supported and employment opportunities created
At a national level, I continuously advocate for
- quality public services, particularly education and community childcare
- decent working terms conditions and wages for all workers
- greater income equality where everyone contributes to our society proportionate to his/her financial ability
Through this blog/site I hope you can get to know me and what I stand for a little better.
More about me and my background
Play the videos below to learn a little more about me and about how/why I got involved in politics.
Why I got involved in 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.