Why I got involved in politics

I want to ensure we have a fairer, more equal and inclusive society.

I believe the best way of doing so is by providing universal access to important public services like healthcare, childcare, education and housing.

I’m involved in politics, and in the Labour Party, because I know we can shape our state so that it actively cares for its citizens from the cradle to the grave.

One where everyone can contribute and everyone can benefit.

One where bank balance, background, gender, sexuality, identity, ability, race or religion doesn’t determine access to services, and one where workers are treated with dignity and respect, and can organise collectively.

One that is outward-looking, learns from others, and importantly, supports others to develop the vital public services needed to support citizens.

I believe all of that begins with local communities.

It begins with supporting the development of public housing on local authorities to help deal with the crises of affordability, huge social housing wait lists and homelessness, and to take action to stop land-hoarding and unsuitable co-living developments.

It begins with supporting local community and residents groups and clubs involved in sports, arts, theatre, diversity and recreation to thrive.

It begins with improving our built environment, public realm and transport, so that people of all ages can access their town centres and villages easily; so that we can take action locally to turn the tide on climate change and increase biodiversity; and so that we can improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in our local authority areas.

All of this requires commitment locally and nationally to properly fund those services, rather than cut taxes on those with huge assets and wealth, and I’m proud to be a part of the Labour Party, with its strong track record, to help achieve this.

My priorities

I’m motivated by helping people and by building strong public services for communities. I want to contribute to making our area a better place to live for all its residents.

I have worked on local campaigns to introduce family-friendly cycle ways, better pedestrian infrastructure and speeding restrictions in residential areas.

I have also worked closely with residents' groups to support an end to Strategic Housing Developments, which have not sped up the building of homes, have led to land hoarding by developers and exclude local voices.

My local priorities include:

  • - Supporting the development of public and affordable housing through local authorities to deal with the housing crisis,
  • - Providing family- and age-friendly cycle and pedestrian infrastructure, including a quietway linking Stillorgan and Blackrock villages, and advocating for the expansion of public bike schemes,
  • - Reducing speed limits to calm residential 'rat runs' and prioritise safety,
  • - Increasing investment in local sports and recreational facilities,
  • - Working to establish a women's refuge in the DLR Council area.

My background

I was educated locally at St. Benildus College, Kilmacud, and attended DCU and Arizona State University for my undergraduate degree in International Relations, and Trinity College for my postgraduate diploma in Applied Social Studies.

I have a strong track record working across two Departments in the civil service, for former Labour Minister Alex White and in charities to support positive social change.

In my current job as Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the Irish Cancer Society, I have successfully campaigned to ensure:

  • Unprecedented increases in funding for cancer services;
  • The re-opening of fertility services for cancer patients during the pandemic;
  • Extension of the HPV vaccination programme to boys;
  • Reductions in medical costs for cancer patients.

I have also worked to highlight the financial impact of cancer and the barriers workers with cancer face in returning to work, along with chairing the Health Reform Alliance - a group with campaigns for universal public healthcare.

In the past, I ran Minister Alex White's constituency office in Dublin Rathdown, where I supported constituents in dealing with a wide range of issues.

I have also worked on a range of campaigns to protect the most vulnerable workers, including campaigning against the abolition of JLCs and cuts to the minimum wage, and to advance equality and women's right to choose through the Marriage Equality and Repeal the 8th campaigns.

I am the Labour Party Local Area Representative for Stillorgan, Kilmacud, Leopardstown, Goatstown, Clonskeagh, Mount Merrion, Foxrock, Cornelscourt and Cabinteely, and ran in the 2019 local elections, narrowly missing out on the final seat.

I was also Director of Elections for Cllr. Lettie McCarthy in 2020 General Election in Dublin Rathdown.

Clubs and Committees

  • I'm a member of FÓRSA trade union,
  • the Irish Social Policy Association,
  • former Chairperson of the Health Reform Alliance,
  • And I am on the board of, and still tog out for, my local soccer team, Booterstown United (fitness and form allowing!)