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Why I got involved in politics
I got involved in politics as it is sometimes the only way to really help your area to get a fair share of local an national spending and development plans.
I am passionate about the environment, community facilities, rural development, education opportunities and support for families.
I am a lifetime activist in all of these area but I feel this is the opportunity to really make a difference by letting people know what you stand for and helping them to support you in making sure it happens.
I am the current liaison person with Westmeath County Council for rural development funding. I have given his life to public service and am passionate about rural development, sustainable planning and communities, local amenities, renewable energies, proper educational facilities and a real care for the environment.
I am a long time campaigner for the reopening of Killucan Railway station, and was secretary of the successful campaign to stop a super dump on Killucan Kinnegad road, and have spearheaded the drive for a secondary school in Kinnegad.
My priority is having appropriate services as close as possible to where people can access them. That is the only way to tackle the climate crisis.
I am married to Mary and have two children. I have served over 35 years in education as a teacher and guidance counsellor and am currently principal of Dunboyne College of Further Education which is a further education/PLC college serving over 1000 students.
I was an underage GAA coach for over 25 years and has run numerous school extracurricular activities especially in the area of human rights, environment, Cooperation North, and community development.
I have a degree in Arts and a Master’s degree in Equality Studies from UCD, as well as a postgraduate degree in Guidance from Maynooth University.
Originally from Mayo, I also spent 11 early years in Chicago, taught in Dublin for 12 years, but I have spent most of my adult life in Kinnegad where I chaired the Kinnegad Action Plan steering group and founded the Kinnegad Community Council where I served 10 years as secretary.
Clubs and Committees
I am currently chair of the Kinnegad Action Group and assist with the Tidy Towns and Christmas lights groups in the town. I am also chair of the Killucan Kinnegad Transport Lobby Group. I am assistant Treasurer of Coralstown Kinnegad GAA.
I served 5 years as a director on the board of Bord na Mona and I served on the boards of Greenpeace, Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment, and NICHS a North South Children’s Charity. I also worked actively for many years with Trocaire, the Chernobyl Children’s Project, Amnesty International, and the Irish Wheelchair Association.
I received a Civic Merit Award from President Mary McAleese for 25 years as a President’s Award Leader. I have extensive experience in the area of the environment, producing and presenting a radio programme on environmental issues for five years for Midlands 103.
I worked for many local and national transport, environment, community development and charity organisations and have served as Chairperson of the Westmeath Heritage Forum.