Francis Noel Duffy
Housing, health and environment are paramount issues for me. They cover many bases including: education, employment, community and an overall sense of wellbeing.
I aim to improve transport, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure is needed in our community to encourage active travel and to create a safe environment for our children and families.
I would like to contribute to community development in Dublin South-West by assisting local community organisations in meeting their needs, improving nearby facilities and amenities.
Dublin South-West is also home to some significant historical and cultural heritage sites which I would like to see preserved. The preservation of Ballymount Gatehouse, which was constructed circa. 1622, is a project I have been working on in conjunction with South Dublin County Council.
As Green Party Housing Spokesperson, I would like to see our housing sector transform into one that is centred on affordability and inclusive of all income levels. I believe the improved delivery of social housing, cost-rental units coupled with improved affordable purchase schemes are key in ensuring a sustainable housing market.
I have continued to form holistic sustainable policy through the Council, both in the 2016-2022 Development Plan and the monthly council meetings. I ensured that ‘Wood First’, eco-cement and rainwater harvesting became Council policy in any SDCC procurement projects. I have also promoted rights of way through the Dublin Mountains, allowing greater public access to this environmental treasure. Moving forward I will maintain my commitment to finding solutions which are effective and environmentally prosperous.
I have been involved in my community for many years as both a public representative and a long time lecturer at the Dublin School of Architecture. I am passionate not only about building sustainable housing, but creating a better community for everyone to live in.