My vision for Fingal
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. Our growing and diverse local population means that Fingal is a vibrant and dynamic area, and the focus now must be on ensuring that the services exist to allow Fingal to thrive in a sustainable way.
COVID-19 has drastically changed our world in the last year. The power of community has never been more evident and right across Dublin Fingal, and Ireland, people looked after each other and rallied to support our more vulnerable neighbours and friends. I want to thank those who have worked tirelessly on the front line, as essential workers, throughout this crisis and the community volunteers who look after the most vulnerable in society. As we continue to live with COVID-19, I would encourage all to maintain this community spirit and continue to support our communities and the local businesses across Fingal.
What I stand for
I am passionate about human rights and equality. I have worked all my professional life to try to improve the situation of people who get an unfair deal in life and I continue to do so in political life.
I believe that the societal and economic adaptations required to actively tackle climate change offer opportunities to move the economy away from over dependence on fossil fuel imports and multinationals. We can and must harness the many economic and social opportunities that protecting our environmental future offers all of us.
- My professional background centres on human rights and equality with a key focus on advocacy. I work hard for the people of my own constituency of Dublin Fingal and all people who may find it difficult to have their voices heard in the system and/or who encounter difficulty in accessing relevant services.
- Infrastructural deficits are a key issue for Dublin Fingal – lack of school places, inadequate public transport, insufficient cycle lanes, shortages in garda numbers, all prove the need to ensure that investment in public services must maintain pace with the population growth and associated needs of Dublin Fingal.
- I will continue to prioritise the housing and homelessness crisis by working collaboratively with stakeholders and listening carefully to the needs of those most impacted by the crisis and using my experience in the NGO sector and my advocacy skills to ensure all voices are heard.
Currently Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development with special responsibility for Community Development and Charities since July 2020, I previously held a seat on Fingal County Council before being elected as a TD to represent Dublin Fingal in 2009. I was subsequently re-elected to that position in February 2020 before being appointed to my current role.
Before entering politics, I worked with young people at risk and worked for more than a decade at Crosscare in the area of migrant rights. For three years before entering the Dáil I worked for the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
Living in Skerries, I am married with three young children.