Why I got involved in politics

My interest in politics has stemmed from being involved locally voluntarily on the ground in important issues affecting my area such as access to amenities and services and the importance of safe, vibrant and greener communities. On a wider level my years of experience working in adult education and local development has led me to an understanding that structural issues are often the greatest barrier to progress, social mobility and opportunity and in this I would like to try to effect change.

My priorities

Housing and Public Buildings -  Bringing derelict houses and buildings back into use for housing, community childcare and arts spaces.

Community Safety - Ensuring our communities are safer, through community safety networks and more visible policing. 

Access to community amenities - promoting use of school facilities for after hours use for the community especially in areas where there is a lack of indoor community spaces.

Cleaner and Greener communities – cycle friendly measures, anti-littering, and supporting biodiversity and the natural environment.

My background

Graduate of NUI Galway and the University of London. I have 17 years plus experience in the UK and Ireland working in the community and voluntary sector as an Education and Training co-ordinator in London. For last five years I have been working for the Local Area Partnership  in North East Dublin as a  Community Education and Development Coordinator delivering on social inclusion projects for communities of the North East.

Clubs and Committees

I am active in the Parents Associations of my children's schools. I am also on the managing committee of my local resident's association in Drumcondra. I am a volunteer Director of the New Life Centre, Dublin 17 and volunteer Director of CARI (Children at Risk Ireland)