Why I got involved in politics

My relationship with politics and the Labour Party goes back to the 1980s when I would accompany my dad to many of Barry Desmond’s clinics. And again, in the 1990s when we both canvassed for Eamonn Gilmore.

Those were different times.

Today we face challenges from all directions. Now more than ever we need to come together as a community. With a bit of hard work and determination, we can shape and rebuild.

I believe our society needs the passion and energy of new blood to be the driving force for change in Irish politics.

My decision to get involved in politics and the Labour Party goes back to the 1990s when I was studying public relations and canvassing for Eamon Gilmore. Back then I saw my career progressing towards politics and the Labour Party has always represented the highest standards in housing, planning and the voice of the worker.

Now, twenty years on, I am a husband and dad to two children and I want them to have access to housing. I want them to have access to transport links. I want them to have jobs and I want them to have a health service that they can depend on. I want what you want.

The situation we find ourselves in is so serious that we cannot stand back and watch from the side lines.

My priorities

The Arklow Municipal District covers a wide geographical area in the east of Co. Wicklow, including the town of Arklow and villages such as Rathdrum, Avoca, Aughrim, Redcross, Annacurra and Glenmalure.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of a community. It is imperative we support them. Even one medium-sized employer can transform work opportunities in a rural town, and several of them can provide a hub of economic activity.

Arklow and its surrounds are steeped in history. Tourism and its development must play a pivotal role and its future growth is essential.

In order to tackle the challenges, we are facing we must look after our mental health. We can do this by supporting and developing existing and emerging sports. By creating or improving recreational facilities for both young and old. We cannot underestimate how keeping active either through sport or other recreational activities keeps us healthy and focused.

We must resist cuts to our public services. Post offices are closing, there are limited spaces on school buses in rural areas, our roads, whilst improving need attention all of which threaten to cause difficulties to local residents.

We can achieve real change by coming together as a community and supporting those that are in need. We need to focus on delivering solutions rather than finding problems.

My background

I am the owner and founder of Happy Greens, a grower of a superfood called microgreens!

Before starting Happy Greens I was the founder and managing director of a digital marketing agency for seventeen years.

Clubs and Committees

  • Member of The Labour Party.
  • Member of Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa (Avoca National School) Board of Management.
  • Vice Chair - Avoca Camogie Committee.
  • Volunteer – Park Run.
  • Previous board member of the National Maritime Institute of Ireland.
  • Member of Arklow Lawn Tennis Club