Why I got involved in politics

I have often asked myself, why do we not have an Ireland that works for all? Why has Irelands GNP (Gross National Product) increased by a mere! Twenty-Seven percent since 2017 all the while, we as an Irish population have multiple existential crises knocking on our door that are seemingly understandable by those directly in charge? Whose fault is this? In addition, why does the government paint a different narrative to the actual reality of what I see every day? Do you see this also?

While these are national issues, I believe that a large part of that rectification into many of Ireland’s current problems lies and can be partly solved at local level. Local Councils rely too much on centralised direction at national level when they could be doing more. 

My priorities

My main issues going forward for 2023 and looking forward to the local elections 2024 will be. 

Local Housing Policy: I will be actively seeking answers from the local council as to why there is a shortage of housing stock against not only predicted but actual population growth and especially when there is so much local authority land that is unused. In addition, with new climate targets, being announced what help and support is present for new builds so that they too will meet efficiency ratings into the future, as the mistakes of the past should not be replicated.  

Local Education Policy: Did you know that Ireland currently occupies the mid twenty’s on pupil teacher ratios for primary level within the EU, it being the most important time to introduce learning through self-achievement and self-confidence, two areas where so many of our youngest and most vulnerable young children are let down.

Local Climate and ecology Policy: I am a firm believer that our approach to the climate and its protection must change. This change must start at the top for example how much renewable technology has the local government installed in/on its buildings to date. Where is the information campaign that should be active by local authorities to promote in this area. 

These are just some of the hard questions that I will be asking on your behalf. A vote for Labour at the local 2024 elections is now required to bring about change and create an Ireland that works for all.   

My background

I lived in Killeshin, Co Laois for a number of years and then moved to Portlaoise. I completed my leaving cert in the late 1990’s in Ballyfin College, Co Laois. I took up an Electrical apprenticeship with a Qualification as Electrician in the early 2000’s. I ran my own electrical contracting business for a number of years before returning to third level in 2009. Having completed a B.Eng Degree I have mainly worked in the HV (High Voltage) substation environments. In my current role as an Electrical Engineer, I work in the renewables space mainly within the wind generation portfolio. I am an active TEEU union member and promotor of workers’ rights and entitlements. I contribute and enjoy input into my local residents committee making the living experience more enjoyable and affordable for all. I currently reside in Portlaoise with my wife Yvonne and family with the intention to relocate to the south west of the county.