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Alastair McKinstry

Councillor Connamara South

My vision

is for a sustainable Connemara: one where everyone lives in a clean, safe environment, affordable, well planned housing, secure communities with working public transport and infrastructure. A sustainable economy will provide jobs, health, education and social needs: safe roads for the all, especially the young and elderly.

What I stand for

I’ve been an advocate for quality housing for a number of years, and I worked with Catherine Martin TD on a Motion on Building Standards and Consumer Protection that was passed in the Dáil in July 2017 with cross-party support.

My priorities

    • Greenways, connecting Connemara, Barna and Galway connecting to revitalize tourism in Connemara and make commuting safe
    • Rural public transport, making living without a car a real option; safe roads: repairing and upgrading our roads for the 21st, not 19th century.
    • Energy and Jobs: we have a huge amount of work to do, retrofitting houses to be warm, secure and affordable as energy prices rise; we need to prepare and enable local people to do this work.

My experience

I am a Climate Scientist at the Irish Centre for High-End Computing in NUI Galway. I am chair of the NUI Galway branch of IFUT, the Irish Federation of University Teachers, and member of OneGalway, where I work on homelessness and precarious employment in Galway.
After working half my career in the IT sector, at ICHEC/NUI Galway I work using Irelands Supercomputer facilities to help to predict and adapt to Climate Change: what the effects will be, what we need to do to mitigate and adapt to the changes that are coming.
I moved to Galway from Stepaside in Dublin in the 1990s after graduating in Physics. After I live in Moycullen with my partner Therese and three children.