My vision for Carlow – Kilkenny
I would like to see thriving rural and urban sustainable and inclusive communities across Carlow and Kilkenny, collaborating towards common goals of interdependence.
What I stand for
I stand for integrity and honesty in politics. I stand by the principles of social justice, equality and support for ecological and inclusive communities where the challenges and opportunities we face are shared collectively and collaboratively.
These are my main priorities as a Green political and community activist:
- An integrated rural and urban network of inclusive public transport and an ambitious plan for a modal shift towards walking and cycling in urban centres.
- Kilkenny as a Centre of Creative Design and Making with a Third Level Commercial Creative Arts College.
- Good quality training and employment opportunities for young people within the South-East region.
- Heritage led regeneration of our towns and villages that also address our housing needs through sustainable urban living.
I was appointed Minister for State for Heritage and Electoral Reform in July 2020 having served as a Green Party City and County Councillor in Kilkenny since 2004, serving as Mayor of Kilkenny in 2009. Before entering politics I spent twenty years as a community and environmental activist with Friends of the Earth. My academic background is in rural development and I campaign on issues ranging from natural and built heritage, transport, young people’s issues, integration and social inclusion to participation in the arts. I have contributed to European urban built heritage policy and have a particular interest in the conservation and economic development of Irish towns and village. I contested the Carlow-Kilkenny Bye-Election in 2015 and the General Election in 2016 before winning the seat in February 2020.