Why I got involved in politics

Advocating for strong workers rights and reducing income inequality and disparities of wealth is something I believe strongly in.

I joined the Labour Party on the basis that the Labour Party believe in representing the interests of ordinary, working people and have been to the front on ensuring that workers are best protected.

My priorities

I am passionate about the fantastic area that I both live and work in, which has a strong sense of community and a real sense of diversity. I believe by brining a strong voice on the Council a number of key decisions could be made that would see the interests of all of those living in our community best catered for.

My main priorities are;

i. Addressing the chronic shortage of decent, affordable and social housing. Housing needs to be linked directly to wages and not unaffordable prices

ii. Remunicipalisation of bin services. Illegal dumping and litter is a chronic issue across the whole of the Inner City and this must be addressed. Having bin services provided by the Council best serves those living in our communities and workers

iii. Safer and wider paths for pedestrians and greater investment towards safer cycling paths for cyclists

iv. Increasing the number and access to local sports, recreational facilities and spaces for young people, children and families

v. Greater connectivity within the North Inner City - we have seen with the recent connection of Grangegorman to Constitution Hill our area would serve from being better connected. A greater focus on more services within our communities is needed and a greater focus on what those living within the community would be served by.

I also believe we need to have greater engagement, communication and consultation with residents on key issues affecting us within our community.

My background

I both live and work in the North Inner City, living off Arbour Hill, Dublin 7 where I have lived for a number of years and I work just off Dorset Street, Dublin 1 for Fórsa Trade Union as a full-time union Official where I currently represent and have represented members working across many large public sector and voluntary organisations based across the North Inner City.

I have been an active member of the trade union section of the party and involved in many campaigns while involved in the party and I am particularly proud to have been involved in starting the campaign to name the bridge at Marlborough Street after a trade unionist, feminist and socialist, Rosie Haackett.