Aaron Byrne

Meath East
More about me

Why I got involved in politics

I got involved in politics to help my community. I have been involved with local community groups for most of my life and I saw politics as a way of giving back to all of them.

I got involved in the Labour Party after joining two local councillors, Tommy Grimes and Brian Collins, on a picket for Credit Union workers in Kells.

I have always been a firm believer in workers rights, social justice and equality of opportunity and knew that the Labour Party was the only party that shared those qualities.

My priorities

Housing

The waiting lists for social housing in the area are too long. The council needs to commit to more development in order to meet demand.

I also believe that investment in bringing unused housing back into the council stock is vital to revitalising towns like Athboy, Kells and Oldcastle that are plagued by abandoned and derelict units.

There needs to be a focus on community rather than developer led private residential housing.

 

Transport

I commute daily to Dublin and know first hand the strain this puts on workers. We need a multifaceted approach to solving this problem which includes:

  • Greater public transport options, in particular the extension of rail lines further into the county.
  • Development of a robust rural transport network is essential to ensure no communities are left behind.
  • A four day week for workers to reduce the number of commuting days required.

 

The Environment

The climate crisis is real and it is among the greatest threats facing our society. Meath is a county with a large commuting population. Tackling issues with public transport will go a long way to improving our carbon footprint.

We need to grow and improve our recycling centres. We need to tackle illegal dumping. There are also many areas crying out for public green spaces but development is tied up with other commercial or residential plans. This needs to change so that environmental projects and green spaces are not a secondary concern.

 

Strong, Transparent and Accountable Local Government

Ending of Town Councils was a mistake that cost rural Ireland greatly. The variety of issues facing rural Ireland at need direct action at a community level and Town Councils can provide those actions.

It’s also important that local government is transparent and accountable at all levels so that you know what’s happening and why.

My background

I graduated from Trinity College in 2014 with a degree in Philosophy and Political Science and since then I have been working as an IT professional in Damastown. In 2021 I completed a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in AIT.

I married my wife Linda in 2017 and we have two children, Tadhg and Molly. I have been active in the Labour Party in Kells since 2013 and have been involved in many local and National campaigns including the Marriage Equality Referendum, the campaign to re-elect President Higgins and the referendum to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

I have also been involved in many local and general elections including standing as a candidate in the Kells area in the 2019 local elections.

Clubs and Committees

  • Kells Musical and Dramatic Society 1976
  • Inspire Choral Group
  • Rockfield Gardenrath Residents Association
  • Kells Family Resource Centre

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