Why I got involved in politics

As a small business owner, I am passionate about the provision and protection of employment, and these issues along with local economic challenges launched me into my active political life.

I never felt represented as a small business owner and I want to stand up and give small business owners a voice at national level and I am now the party spokesperson for small businesses.

I am the owner-manager of a small business in Dun Laoghaire called The Zip Yard Clothing Alterations Boutique, employing 7 people which I opened mid recession 12 years ago.

My priorities

Promoting the importance of small businesses for the economy and community and highlighting the importance to shop local as a movement

 

Everyone subconsciously making decisions based on environmental awareness is a goal we need to strive for. I think we should have a conscious shift in ensuring everything we do has a positive environmental impact. We need to make everything an environmental issue.

I have a keen interest in promoting equality for women in the workplace, access to equal opportunity for all is the only solution to combat the lack of women in positions of power.

My background

After achieving a degree in Public Administration in the University of Limerick more than two decades ago politics was always an interest of mine. I successfully contested my first election in Dun Laoghaire on my first attempt in 2019.

As a proud Labour Councillor, I have been able to progress my agenda of highlighting urban and rural regeneration, being an advocate for micro enterprises and highlighting the value of community engagement as an immediate solution for action on homelessness and environmental issues.

After just two short years as a councillor, I was honoured and privileged to be elected by cross party support as Leas Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire County Council in 2021. I have a keen interest in a thriving Dun Laoghaire town and highlighting our potential at every opportunity.

Clubs and Committees

  • Director of Paviilon Theatre Company,
  • Director of Dalkey Castle and Heritage Town,
  • Director of DLR Leisure,
  • Owner of The Zip Yard Clothing Alterations Boutique in Dun Laoghaire,
  • Member of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,
  • Member of Economic Development and Enterprise Strategic Policy Committee
  • Member of Planning and Citizen Engagement Strategic Policy Committee
  • Half marathoner, trail running and occasional social sea dipper!