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Joe O’Brien

councillor for Dublin Fingal

My vision for Fingal

I want to see a vibrant county, that cherishes diversity, equality and its natural environment. A place where our villages and towns offer communities a safe, healthy and interconnected place to grow up and grow old in.

 

What I stand for

I am a progressive voice for Dublin Fingal that stands for:

  • Equality and human rights
  • Transparency and integrity in public and political life
  • Innovation and sustainability in how we develop our local and national economies
  • Protection of our natural environment at a local, national and global level

 

My priorities

  • Housing and homelessness

We need stronger voices to hold the government to account on its failure to provide affordable homes for an increasing number of people. The crisis is escalating and I will bring my record on standing up to injustice and inaction to the table. A larger scale State house building programme is required.

  • Community friendly development

Dublin Fingal needs to develop in a well-planned manner to ensure that our housing, transport, education, childcare and leisure infrastructure are well integrated and designed to nurture community and family life.

  • A fair and sustainable economy

Our vulnerable economy needs to be strengthened in a very fundamental way. We need to focus on supporting indigenous business and innovation to create higher quality sustainable jobs. The economic adaptations required due to climate change offer opportunities to move the economy away from over dependence on fossil fuel imports, multinationals and the tax we allow them to forgo.

 

My experience

A candidate at the most recent General and Local Elections, I am leading the rebuilding of the Green Party in Dublin Fingal. I have been an advocate for human rights all my professional life at home and abroad. I have carried out influential research, policy and advocacy work on minority access issues to the social protection and homelessness systems. A former whistleblower on undercounting of homelessness I am a strong advocate of greater transparency in public and political life. I am a professionally qualified Project Manager currently working for the Immigrant Council of Ireland and I am deeply engaged in community level work in my hometown of Skerries where I live with my wife and three young children.